Posted by James (Josh) McCosh / 26th February 2020
Rugby C-Station / Houlton Secondary School
Enabling Works almost complete
last elements of the Enabling Works are now almost complete, ready for the Main
Works to begin in a fortnight. So we spent a day on site, reviewing all the
work, room by room, and façade by façade, noting the last elements to be
finished before Practical Completion.
external areas are now cleared, and the old slabs removed from the Power Hall
and Valve Hall ready for piling and installation of the new insulated floor
slabs, with the last demolition arisings being crushed.
the Power Hall, the retained glazed bricks which will be retained in the Dining
Hall remain, but all the lead-based paint has been removed and the metalwork
of the free-standing walls in the Power Hall allowed Morgan Sindall to salvage
two palettes of the historic glazed bricks, so we can make good the retained
walls where necessary in the main works.
Whilst on site, we
inspected some of the brickwork sample panels for the main works. Discussion
focused on the Type 2 brickwork, to be used where we are extending C Station
and infilling some of its large openings. This is tricky as the historic
brickwork has a great variety of tones within its coal-fired bricks, but varies
considerably in colour depending on its degree of weathering. The initial
sample panels were judged to be too red, so it was decided to construct a
further sample panel, with a browner / darker blend.