Posted by James (Josh) McCosh / 27th November 2019
Rugby C-Station / Houlton Secondary School
the former Transmission Hall the walls and soffits are now stripped and a crash
deck has been installed in the Valve Hall below, so that the central void can
be infilled. This gives a safe working platform for the insertion of the new
steel frame and intermediate floors in the main works. My colleague Gloria
gives a sense of the scale of the space – about 30m long, 12m wide and 12m high.
my visit we compare the BS paint swatch samples from Sherwin Williams with the
existing lead-based paintwork colours, before the last areas are removed, so
that we know what the former colours were and can replace them accurately. They
are a reasonably good match – this is the turquoise blue in the Power Hall.
last part of my visit is spent 8m up in the spider MEWP in the Transmission
Hall, courtesy of the Collins team, taking more detailed sections of the
existing windows, so we can confirm these on our drawings for the replacement
windows to the east and west facades. These are not in great condition, and are
being replaced to provide double glazing and openable lights as part of the
overall thermal improvements, with sections replicating the existing. Up close
the sections are clear, albeit covered in a slurry of brick and paint dust from
the quilling process.
larger windows of the north and south facades have been removed or covered up
with brickwork, but the upper part of the north window to the Valve Hall
remains (behind a 9” brickwork skin). This allows us to take dimensions of its
sections, including those outside by taking out a pane of glass and a glazing
bar – which, helpfully, proved thick enough to take double-glazed units.