Documenting the Progress with the Renovation

We are currently adding all the previous updates by social media and email here so that we have a weekly history of the renovation. After that, we will add more photos and galleries. This will take us a wee while to pull it all together and publish. Feedback is most welcome as well as any photos or info you may have.

  • Renovation update for 10th May

    UPDATE FOR THE 10TH MAY

    Work to the bar area and toilets has continued apace this week, and the concrete pad stones which will support the structural steels have been completed. This is an important milestone for the project, and is the result of a lot of hard work and skill from our builders and volunteers alike.

    There are myriad small jobs which need to be undertaken across the site, which would suit volunteers of all shapes and sizes! This week we had hardy volunteers removing barrow loads of unearthed rubble, others preparing for the heating engineers to come in, while up in the school room preparations for decorating have continued.

    Gallery for the 10th May.

    10TH MAY

  • Renovation update for 3rd May

    UPDATE FOR THE 3RD MAY

    Footings completed for the concrete padstones required for the new stel supports.

    Started plastering gents toilet.

    Prep work for new boiler and water tanks carried out.

    GRS were clearing rubble and prepping their school room.

    Further scaffolding was put in place.

    First round of paint matching tests against The Swan colours completed.

    Some more wire stripping completed.

    Gallery for the 3rd May.

    3RD MAY

  • Renovation update for 26th April

    UPDATE FOR THE 26TH APRIL

    The toilets are ready for plastering.

    The footings have been dug out but do need extended.

    The electicians have done the initial wiring for school room, more to follow.

    The rotten part of the stairs to the school room (hall) have being replaced.

    Front window frames in the bar and the first bedroom have been prepared with paint stripper.

    Gallery for the 26th April.

    26TH APRIL

  • Renovation update for 19th April

    UPDATE FOR THE 19TH APRIL

    Some walls in the bar were demolished and Acrow Props inserted.

    The electicians have done the initial wiring for the bar area, more to follow.

    We are waiting for planning approval for the "steels" that will open up the bar area.

    The new stud partition walls and electrics are now in place in the toilets.

    Selco made a special delivery of building materials on Good Friday.

    19TH APRIL

  • Renovation update for 12th April

    UPDATE FOR THE 12TH APRIL

    Final decisions have now been made on the bar layout, and relevant restructuring work for this is underway.

    Peter, the builder, has made good progress on the interiors of both pub toilets, with stud work already being installed. That has allowed some design decisions to be made and some vital testing of some standing room space!

    Electrical work is due to start next week starting with the toilets and the school room.

    12TH APRIL

  • Renovation update for 5th April

    UPDATE FOR THE 5TH APRIL

    On Monday, the building committee held its first meeting inside The Swan, a dusty affair around a temporary table and some of the old pub chairs. The venue was fitting though, as some important decisions were taken regarding the future layout of the bar area.

    The committee has also continued to focus on getting the design finalised for the ladies and gents toilets.

    Final plans are coming in for electrical work to commence and the process of putting the premises through a thorough fire risk assessment has begun, to ensure we are adopting best options for fire safety.

    5TH APRIL

  • Renovation update for 29th March

    UPDATE FOR THE 29TH MARCH

    The favourable weather has enabled the roofers to get up the scaffold and start work this week.

    Designs for the upgraded and improved toilets have now been finalised and will incorporate wheelchair accessible cubicles in both the male and female toilets.

    Our structural engineer has drawn up plans for remodelling the bar area, with a cost effective solution, balancing the need to create a bright, open space befitting the communal ethos of the project, whilst retaining some quirky nooks and crannies.

    We have ordered some premium engineered oak flooring for the bar.

    29TH MARCH

  • Renovation update for the 22nd March

    UPDATE FOR THE 22ND MARCH

    We are still very much in the early stages of works. Basically, we are getting the building to breathe again. We are also dealing with problematic areas such as leaks, dry and wet rot, blocked gutters, broken down pipes and so on.

    Inside the structural engineer has been working with the team. They have been discussing how to remove the pillars in the centre of the bar to create a bigger open plan area. The solution will need steel beams to be inserted and Planning Department approval.

    With aid of the scaffolding, the team removed the plants and vegetation that has accumulated on the roof and walls over the years.

    22ND MARCH

  • Renovation update for the 15th March

    UPDATE FOR THE 15TH MARCH

    It's the end of the second week, and here's a summary of progress:

    Students from The Green Room School came and removed and recycled the planters.

    With the help of Jeff the plumber, they emoved the sanitary wear from the hall.

    Good progress is being made replacing the roof over the laundry.

    We've found dry rot behind the panels at the stairs to the hall.

    More scaffolding was added by Warren to help the roofers who are expected next week.

    Gallery for the 15th March.

    15TH MARCH

  • Renovation update for the 8th March

    UPDATE FOR THE 8TH MARCH

    The team have really got stuck in during the week:

    Most obvious is the erection of the scaffolding.

    Removed the rotten joists in the bar.

    David, our structural engineer, was in during the week looking at the bar area.

    Roof of the gents will need to be replaced.

    First part of the new laundry roof was completed.

    “Lino Len” met the team and will provide all our flooring and carpet needs.

    Gallery for the 8th March.

    8TH MARCH

  • Renovation update for the 1st March

    UPDATE FOR THE 1ST MARCH

    Sootbusters cleaned several of the chimneys already.

    Yesterday we found another that was hidden from view.

    The office ceiling has been taken down.

    Removed the rotten floor boards in the bar area.

    Opened up several airbricks that had been sealed.

    Worked out how to replace the roof in the gents loo.

    Gallery for the 1st March.

    1ST MARCH

  • Renovation update for the 22nd February

    UPDATE FOR THE 22ND FEBRUARY

    The "For Sale" sign has gone.

    Sootbusters cleaned several of the chimneys already. Yesterday we found another hidden one.

    The office ceiling was taken down.

    Removed rotten floor boards in the central bar area.

    Opened up several airbricks that had been sealed.

    Worked out how to replace the roof in the gents loo.

    Taken more of the walls in the bar back to the brickwork.

    Removed all the radiators and sinks from the bar and stopped several pipe leaks.

    22ND FEBRUARY