Unwrapping

In recent days we’ve been getting a better impression of how the south end of our station will look when the new build is complete.

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The scaffolding removal from most of the structure has unwrapped the view and better shown the handsome brickwork and design features previously hidden.

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The floor has been screeded following the laying of underfloor heating.

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First fix of mechanical and electrical works is underway.

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The new services room created by combining the former disabled toilet and adjacent volunteers shower, our IT/Telecom volunteer team have commenced the installation of a large amount of impressive hardware.

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On Wednesday Western Power Distribution will be transferring us on to the new power supply, through the cables laid by the contractor, and terminating the existing inadequate supply. For a few hours early in the morning we will be without power while this is carried out, but effort is being made to minimise the disruption by close liaison between our stationmaster (handily qualified in HV power) and the contractors.

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It has been nice to hear admiring comments from visitors and passengers alike as the oh-so long awaited new facility is getting nearer to handover.

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Inevitably our much loved station has been swathed in builders supplies and waste, and we’ve had to coax our existing facilities into keeping going for just a few weeks and months more, patching up and making do as best we can.

 

 

 

 

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Clever design work on the terrace

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The work on site has unfortunately been set back by the recent return of very cold weather which has delayed again the installation of the zinc roof. This in turn has further delayed the slate roof as this has to follow the zinc roof due to the overlapping arrangement where the two meet. The good news is that the long awaited Penrhyn slates have arrived at the building merchants and can be delivered very quickly to site when required.

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All of the sarking felt and battens have been fitted in readiness for the pitch roof which is now expected to commence on the 2nd of April.

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Facias have also been fitted to both east and west elevations and indeed some of the cast iron guttering is being mounted in place.

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The bespoke hopper heads for the zinc roof are now installed to allow the formation of the rainwater run offs into these.

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 Internally, the drainage points required for the kitchen floor have been fitted in preparation for the screeding that will be started shortly. The walkway boards in the loft space have been laid which will allow the ceilings to be started.

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 The extension to the terrace which allows the doubling of the area available to external seating has also commenced. A series of small pile are being driven in the small segment of land that became available when the site was cleared and graded. This area had not previously been identified as being usable but some clever design work has allowed this to be utilised.