From the Main Shed 2; December
Progress on the new Clubhouse has taken some very big steps in the last couple of weeks. The piling has been completed, the archaeological monitoring has been completed and then the ring beam was prepared, cast and finished. The site tours this weekend will allow members to view the emerging building and we will also be holding some tours for local residents and members in the New Year.
Ring beam Reinforcing
The Concrete Pour
Evening out the concrete beam
Finished Ring Beam
The steel frame arrived late on Monday afternoon, was offloaded and then erection started almost immediately and completed by 5pm the next day.
Arrival of the Frame
View from Ferry Quay
Picture by David Mitchell
It is a very significant step to finally “get out of the ground” and just in time for the start of the Club’s centenary year.
You can now see the shape of the new building – it is big and bold and despite being so familiar with the proposed appearance from the Architect’s computer generated illustrations for so long, actually seeing the shape on the Quay and from the various vantage points around the village and Penryn River really brings it home. The next steps early in the new year will be to complete the concrete pad of the building and then erect the scaffolding on all sides, including in the river on the southern side to allow the roof to go on and the walling panels to start to be installed.
Roof profile emerging
Some Interior Angles
The Balcony, & Christmas Tree (sponsored by Blue Kite Ltd.)
Turning to some questions from interested members and village residents we have been asked how much local labour and Cornish companies are involved in the project and that is a real success story. Working with Fox Construction Services we have sought to use local companies as much as possible but only where financially competitive. So starting from Flushing itself, we have used a village owned concrete supplier and also a professional Interior Designer (more on that in the next edition). The vast majority of materials and contractors are all locally based apart from the steel frame which for cost reasons was fabricated in Dorset. So to date the demolition team, piling company, the excellent groundworks team and site manager are all from Cornwall as are the Project Managers, and the Archaeologist is from the Cornwall Archaeology Unit. From a sustainability perspective approximately 97% of material removed from site has either been re-used, recycled or used in the restoration of a local former mine site.
If you are interested in a guided site visit in the New Year – please contact me direct via email. We will be delighted to show you around a project that we hope you will all be proud of – we certainly are.