This week, three of our volunteer photographers had the opportunity to have a walk around the site and capture the progress of the build. The following is a selection of images from Linda & Paul Cataldo which show the progress of the building work. Thanks so much to Linda & Paul for your fabulous photos.
This is the view of the Lower Hall from the entrance hall, currently filled with a birdcage scaffold which is supporting the ceiling structure.
This image shows one of the service hatches in the ground floor ceiling.
Inside the service hatches, there are access points for building services.
One of the lower floor windows is being removed to make way for a new door.
The old office wallpaper is still visible and the old ‘projector hole’ that was discovered during demolition is being retained as part of the restoration.
The oak panelling on the first floor has been meticulously cleaned ready for restoration.
Some panels needed significantly more restoration than others.
This panel, for example, has had a historic repair made using inferior wood.
The old skirting board from the upper floor has been removed and is awaiting restoration.
The upper floor ceiling is being painted with a distemper and Linda got to have a go!
The upper floor ceiling has had a lot of restoration and is nearing the end of its face lift!
Linda and Paul were the first of the volunteers to have access to the attic space since the work began. Paul captures one of the windows from the inside. There is still plenty of work to happen in the attic.
Insulation is being laid in the attic to keep the space warm and provide some sound proofing between floors.
Linda couldn’t resist taking a photo of her own feet on top of the scaffold – you have to have a head for heights to volunteer on this project!
The roof is looking spectacular now it is finished! This is the east elevation which has been almost completely lad with new tiles which are sandy in colour but will weather and look the same as the reclaimed tiles fairly quickly.
A view of the roof from the scaffold – what a treat it will be when it is uncovered again!
There is only ‘snagging’ left to complete on the roof. This tile has been marked for replacement as part of the snagging process.
The leadwork on the ridges is as beautiful as any of the other meticulous work that has taken place on the roof.
The clock face, now back in place, peeps through the scaffold.
The bells, restored and made by Taylor’s Bell Foundry, are now back in place.
The cupola has been restored, new wood mouldings, lead work and a lick of paint make it look fantastic!
The cupola roof and it’s new lead work.
You can see the clock face again from this high level. What a fantastic restoration it had by Smith of Derby.
Views from the scaffold…
Here’s Linda and Paul by the weather vane – thanks for your pictures!!