With the amazing weather we’ve had this August, our build team at The Ark has been hard at work and we have lots of fantastic developments to tell you about!
Our central atrium now has a fully fitted timber roof and the scaffolding has been removed. Our specialist sub-contractors PDC Scaffolding was on hand to smoothly manage the process from start to finish along with a comprehensive handover package.
Great progress has been made on the window installation in the hospice with windows now fitted to all but the upper ground north block. We are immensely fortunate to have Kingston Joinery – one of the UK’s leading joinery contractors – on board to install the windows.
One of the most exciting aspects of the build to report this month is that the brickwork is 95% complete! The first brick was laid on the 16 March (see First brick laid at Noah’s Ark hospice site) so to have this almost complete in just six months is a tremendous achievement. It really could not have been done without the help of Langdale Associates – an award-wining brickwork sub-contractor – who was the proud recipient of the 2015 Brick Development Association Chairman’s Award. With experience in various sectors from commercial and residential to education, entertainment and health, Langdale Associates has provided us with a high quality and fast-paced service with the utmost professionalism.
As parts of the build have finished, the team has now moved onto new phases. For example, this August, Birch Floor Screeding commenced their work on the building. For those of you unfamiliar with the term ‘screeding‘, this is a process whereby a levelled layer of material is applied to a floor over the structural concrete.
We’ve also moved into another significant phase of the build which is the commencement of the MEP works (mechanical, electrical and plumbing). For this phase, we have utilised the services of GEM Construct Ltd, who has hit the ground running and should have the MEP works completed in no time. Also, Voland – our roofing contractors with over 40 years’ experience – has completed the roof coverings on the south and north block so the hospice is really starting to take shape.
Great progress is being made to the hospice build on a daily basis and we really must give special thanks to Phil Juniper, Jimmy Miller, Tony Marshall and the rest of the 8build site team who have worked tirelessly to ensure that each phase of the build is carried out seamlessly and to a high standard.
We will keep you posted on further developments so check back next month for more updates.