From the Main Shed
This is the first in a series of updates outlining progress with the replacement Clubhouse Project for Flushing Sailing Club. These updates will mostly be a pictorial record of the scheme but we will also endeavour to include some of the technical detail, not to mention a Jack Penty special – a time-lapse sequence of the build.
A Little Bit of History
Following yet another leak through the roof ruining the bar cash till accompanied by a lot of cursing in late 2014 Charlie Choak, the then Commodore, asked Dave Owens and Chris Bell to investigate matters and try and get the roof repaired quickly. To cut matters very short and through a rather typically Cornish gem of “project creep,” six years later we are now on site to build a new Clubhouse in time for our Centenary season.
The new building was designed by local company CAD Architects of Truro led by Ross Edwards and following discussions (lots) with the planning and conservation officers and extensive consultation (even more lots) with the community, we gained planning consent in September 2018 with no objections made and only 8 planning conditions on the permission. Then started the tough bit – raising the money with initial estimates ranging from £250k to £575k, but finally settling at a predicted £430k including VAT. But thatís another story starring Guy English and Ian & Jenny Jakeways, Gaye Slater, Barry Kelly, Sue Clark and a lot of other people making some incredibly generous voluntary and financial commitments. Elements of that story will be told in future editions of this update.
How Are We Going to Do It?
We have determined to use a Project Management approach to the entire scheme and this is being led by John Fox of Fox Construction Services. On the Sailing Club side the project is being overseen by the Building Group chaired by Dave Owens and with specialist input from Chris Bell (master builder), David Mitchell (retired Architect) and Peter Harvey (retired Project Finance Accountant). Please get in touch with any of us on any specific matter of detail. The whole project is due to take “some” six months and be ready for the start of our sailing season in the Clubís Centenary season 2021, but as we all know COVID 19, the weather, bird nesting season and a whole range of other factors can all have an impact on this timetable. Our monthly updates will confirm progress or otherwise.
The first step was to lower the signals mast. This marked the formal start of the building phase of the project and was marked by flying a “decommissioning” pennant generously donated by Peter Crockford of Sailtech for the occasion. The new building will extend further down the Quay and so we needed to remove the mast. This would also enable it to be refurbished over the winter and we are considering putting an amber V reflecting the burgee on the cross-members. A good turnout of sailors and a notable crowd of observers helped with the lowering and dismantling in fine sunny weather and despite plenty of nominations no sailors were hurt during this unstepping. The mast will now be removed from site via trailer for storage at Mylor Yacht Harbour before refurbishment.
Week 1 – Start of the Works
We handed control of the building to Demolition South West on Tuesday 29th September. The first stage was more of a de-construction process to ensure that as much re-usable and recyclable material was recovered – some 80% of the building will be used as hardcore/secondary aggregate, steel for recycling, re-used wood, recycled copper wire and shredded wood to produce electricity with the rest going to the restoration of a local metalliferous mining structure.
Immediately prior to handover Gaye and her team had removed all of the equipment from the Bar, Race Office and Kitchen plus twelve hats, a walking stick and two coats from the entrance corridor.
All of this first stage work was done by hand and electric saws. The width of the southern Quay wall certainly planted the idea for a 2.5 metre wide balcony as a potential Stage 4 of the Project (?!).
A swing shovel was brought onto site on 12th October and this marked a major speeding up in the removal of the old building with the final part of the building disappearing by Wednesday 14th and then the more difficult task of removing the slab commenced. This slab is solid concrete and with the use of a specialist tool called a “pecker” on the swing shovel this was soon being removed from site in the smaller vehicles that are being used to access the village.
Tuesday 20th October will see the arrival of the piling rig. This great piece of kit will drill and install the piles through the Quay so that the weight of the new building rests on the underlying ground rock and not on the Quay entirely as the old Clubhouse did. This is a major structural change, negotiated with the planners and conservation officers, that will hopefully be more sympathetic to the listed Quay walls built by the Dutch engineers in the late 17th Century.
During this phase of work a qualified Archaeologist will be on site to watch for anything of historical interest, i.e. before John Maunder can remember. This work is anticipated to take 5–7 working days. A ring beam will then be placed on the top of these weight bearing piles which will in turn support the steel frame for the new building. Then we get the Lego out and all have a go.
Next installment shortly…