As described in the page for the structure of the whole project, the Running Shed is being built in seven phases. The first three phases were all concerned with preparation for the actual construction work, and after various delays this work finally commenced on 31st May 2016 - at 6.00am, no less!
The first step was to bring the necessary plant onto site, and the picture below shows Midbrook Steel's dumper track running up through what is normally our security compound, closely followed by their excavator. The dumper truck is carrying a load of metal fencing panels that were used to make the construction site secure.
Once established on site the contractors wasted no time, but of course for constructing foundations you have to start by digging down before you can build up. So, the first step was for the excavator to start digging the trenches for the foundations on the east side of the running shed, and by mid morning good progress was being made, as shown in the picture below.
By the end of Tuesday the trench was complete, but it needed to be checked by the building inspector. He came on Wednesday, and gave permission for the concrete to be poured, so later that day three lorry loads of it were delivered. Then a fourth lorry load was needed on Thursday morning (2nd June), to finish off the foundations for this side of the shed, and the picture below shows this fourth load being poured.
Once this load of concrete had been poured, and then the top smoothed off, attention switched to the west side. The picture below shows the trench for this side being dug, on the Thursday afternoon.
By Tuesday of the following week this trench had been completed, the building inspector had checked it and given permission to proceed, and the concrete had been poured. The picture below shows it with the shuttering still in place, but once the concrete had set to the point where the shuttering could be removed then the foundations were complete.
As soon as the work on the foundations had reached a stage where the pit could be used, then it was, as shown in the picture below. This was taken during the model railway exhibition, where "Driver for a Fiver" was being operated, which is why there is a yellow flag and a red flag visible between the rails of the track on the right of the picture, to mark the limits of the operation.
The next step was to install the oil separator, which was done between 13th and 15th July 2016, fitting round the preparations for our Victorian Gala on 16th and 17th July. The oil separator is a large unit, as shown in the picture below, where it is on the ground in the security compound, waiting for the hole to be dug for it.
Meanwhile, Drainstore (who had supplied the separator) were excavating the hole for it, as shown in the picture below. Eventually the hole would be nearly 3 metres (9 feet) deep.
Once the hole had been excavated, then dry concrete needed to be laid into the bottom of it, for the separator to sit on, and the picture below shows the dry concrete being delivered. Once the bottom layer had been laid, then the separator could be lowered into the hole, as shown in the picture below that, and more dry concrete tipped round it to hold it in place.
Once the oil separator was securely in place, then the inlet pipe from the pit and the outlet pipe to the drain could be connected up, and the chambers for the pump and outlet constructed on top of it. The manhole covers for these were then fitted, and in the picture below they are all that can be seen of the separator.
This completed the construction of the foundations, and once the spoil had been cleared everything was ready for erection of the framework to start.
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Other pages about this project and the "Buy a Brick" appeal:
- An overview of the project and the appeal;
- The "Buy a Brick" appeal;
- The structure of the project;
- The progress with the project;
- The construction of the pit;
- Design and site preparation;
- Erection of the framework;
- Construction of the walls;
- Fitting out;
- The opening ceremony.
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