Build diary – week four, more preparation

Larch poles

With great pleasure, I am handing this blog over to Whistlewood volunteers. If you would like to contribute, you can write your own piece as Chris has or send me notes using the contact page or via Whistlewood.

By Chris Gregson – 18th June to 22th June.

With some cracking weather at last so the build has continued to progress well, although it may not look much different as the team has spent much of this week putting the scaffolding up ready to finish the walls and start the roof.

scaffolding in place

Other jobs have been continuing alongside the scaffolding work, the remaining timber has been de-barked ready for certification which is being done on Monday (25 June).

Larch poles

As most of this timber is structural it has to be certified as ‘up to standard’ or ‘fit for purpose’ which will be done by visual inspection.  I’ll know more about this process next week.

The build team also prepared the ‘pads’ for the large structural timbers, these are square footings onto which a steel plate is bolted and the timber pole is then placed onto them.

Pads for the structural timbers

The steel components for the build arrived on Friday morning which included the plates for the footings.  It looks like I’ll be getting my paintbrush out this coming week!

steel components
Some of the steel components that ensure the structural integrity of the finished build.

It’s the ‘midsummer music festival’ next weekend so you can come along and look at the progress of the build for yourselves. The festival is on 30th June, book your tickets here.

Chris Gregson.

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