See our dedicated pages to read about the work done to date:
- April 2015
- May 2015
- June 2015
- July 2015
- August 2015
- September 2015
- October 2015
- November 2015
- December 2015
- January 2016
- February 2016
- March 2016
- April 2016
- May & June 2016
You can also see selected images, from THROUGHOUT the Delivery phase, showing the scaffolding going up, staying in place, and then finally being taken down when the conservation work was completed.
The Delivery phase is all about the detailed restoration and conservation work. The previous Development phase has told us what needs to be done, what we allowed to do (that is, approved works), plus what funds we have in place (so which approved works we can afford to undertake). Key to the work is the agreed philosophy of repair.
This second all-important phase includes the following tasks:
- Building repairs
- Refurbish weathervanes
- Refurbish clock
- Record information
- Quantity surveyor
- Project management
- Education element
So, what lies behind each of these headings?
- The architect is key to managing the process and those involved to ensure that we meet the requirements of any approvals, and to ensure the quality of the work is appropriate. We will not pay any contractor for work without an appropriate certificate.
- The key part of this phase are the building repairs – cleaning stone, repairing or replacing stone – to help bring the Bell Tower back to its best.
- We will need a lot of scaffolding (remember, the Bell Tower is some 110 feet tall) potentially for quite a long time, in order for the close-to restoration and conservation work to proceed. Bearing in mind the cost of scaffolding, the priority will be to perform work at the higher levels before moving onto other parts of the building.
- While there is scaffolding in place, this is the perfect opportunity to refurbish the weathervanes. While these are not part of the original building, they have been in place since 1717 (whereas the flagpole, which was part of the original design, was long ago removed). The weathervanes currently operate on greased bearings, so this is also a good time to review and re-consider how they work. While working on the middle levels of the Bell Tower, there is also an opportunity to refurbish the clock face and surrounds.
- A vital part of the project is to record information regarding works and materials. These details will be shared with selected libraries/archives (the Hive is an obvious first candidate) so that future generations of historians, architects, surveyors, builders and, well, pretty much anyone, can appreciate and understand what was done. These details will be particularly useful in the future as/when further work is required.
- As with the Development phase, we need to keep close tabs on costs and scope, so we need the services of a quantity surveyor. Furthermore, with workers on site repairing the Bell Tower, we need to make sure risks are managed and safety is maintained – so we will continue to engage a CDM co-ordinator.
- Project management is always important to make sure that everything runs to plan (or, if not, then why not, and to determine what can be done about it).
- This project is not only about stones & mortar, but also education and appreciation.
- Finally, a slice of contingency, just in case the works do not go to plan or if we find that additional work is required. We will only know if we need this contingency when we get deep into the hands-on work. While we hope we won’t need any contingency, it is only prudent (and good practice) to put an amount aside “just in case”.
We planned for this phase to start in April 2015 and to end in December 2015 (ending, formally, in February 2016). The work cannot start too early, as key work cannot be undertaken while there is still a significant risk of frost and poor weather, with the first weeks were taken up with erecting the scaffolding. In practice this phase started in April 2015 and ended in April 2016 – the overall project delay was largely a result of delays in erecting and dismantling the scaffolding.
The work is directly managed by the architect, working closely with the project manager of this phase to ensure that everything proceeds and progresses as it should.