Build diary – week twenty-two, all decked out (almost)!

Fantastic volunteers

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 – 22nd October to 26th October.

Not quite the last one! In true ‘grand designs’ style we’re running late, however next week will be the last week the builders are on site. That doesn’t mean that the Roundhouse is finished, far from it, there’s lots of painting to be done, the landscaping needs to be tackled, the decking/stage has to be completed and there’s a myriad of small jobs that need attention. Please keep your eye out for calls for volunteers, or if you would like to make an offer – we are all ears.

The decking support structure was finished, stretching out to become an impressive ‘thrust’ stage of five metres.

Five meters of stage

The top boundary to the Sedum roof was put in place and back filled with gravel. This area gives a break between the Cedar shingles and the top edge of the Sedum which helps prevent the Sedum from spreading onto the shingles, it also slows the run-off from the shingles and helps prevent the Sedum from being washed away. The Sedum roof is a long-term project that we’ll tackle next year.

Once again, we are indebted to our fantastic volunteers who turned up on a freezing Saturday to help lay the decking boards. We had some effective help this time from the Duke of Edinburgh volunteers who came along for a couple of hours as part of their project. Thanks again, everyone, for all your hard work.

Fantastic volunteers

Looks suspiciously like a tea break
I’ll be up on site from Monday through to Thursday next week if anyone wants to come along and help finish the deck as there’s still lots to do.

Don’t forget we’re having a grand opening on Saturday 1st December all are welcome, especially those who have contributed with time, materials or as a shareholder. There may even be a bit of a party to celebrate, keep your eye on our social media for more details.

Chris Gregson

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