The most recent progress report made to the Civic
Trust Council stated that:
The work would be completed within the contract period.
All the electrics had been completed on the top floor and the second
fix had been completed on the first floor.
Considerable digging had taken place on the site (of soakaways), and
the foundations of a dwarf wall (to the west side of the property) had
been discovered, parallel to the Park Road one.
An area had been built around the cellar, using engineering brick,
to ensure its dryness.
The painters had completed all the ceilings and stripped away any
anaglypter wall coverings.
The wallpaper restorer is due to come next week.
The joiners have started on the cover to the lift mechanism (the mechanism
to be cleaned and oiled before the cover goes over it).
The charge for the electricity supply has been reduced from £27K
The mechanisms necessary to operate the electric gates is being installed.
Provision for the electricity supply can only be completed once the
suppliers know who the contractors will be.
All the kitchen equipment has been ordered (to be fitted at the end
of the works).
Excess grant money can be used, with the agreement of our funding
partners, to finance details mentioned in the original funding package:
some examples cited are: the gates, railings, paving, gapping up hedges,
regravelling paths, moving the blacksmiths' arch to a more suitable
position, rebuilding and repositioning the kitchen garden wall, video
systems around the house, audio handsets, an outside toilet in the Coach
House, additional decoration to the Victorian wing.
We shall try to get a paved drop-off point for wheelchairs..
It was confirmed that the Craft
Market and Jazz Festival would be able to go ahead and have access
to the garden next summer.