Well here we are all done and dusted! The scheme is finished and we are all off for a well deserved Christmas break. All of the wagons, builders, muck and banging are all at an end and we would like to pass on our heartfelt thanks to the local residents of Hardybutts who have been so supportive, and patient! We wish you all a very merry festive season and a happy, healthy (and quieter) New Year.
We would like to pass on our special thanks to Barbara and her wonderful volunteers at Sunshine House, who have not only supported the scheme, fed our builders, and helped us interract with the locals, but also for her time and advice during its construction (Note to Barbara: took a picture of the disabled toilet just for you- see below!). We would like to wish her and her team every success for the future with Sunshine House and its new Annexe and we are sure it will bring lots of pleasure to all its users.
And so on to our final photos.............
The Staff Office and entrance Area
The Reception Area with its post boxes, disabled toilet and entrance on the right to the lovely Lounge
The Lounge, which is so light and airy and in the sunshine is such a great space - still my favourite area!
The opposite end of the Lounge - now minus all the builders tea mugs!
The (huge) Disabled toilet - Just for Barbara!
The carpeted corridors
The now complete rear stairway and bin store access
Coming to the end of the project and things are all being completed - we think it deserved a double bill of updates for November!
This is the fantastic cycle store! You may think this a little odd having space for a fairly decent Olympic Team of cyclists but we like to cater for everything!
It would also be a great general store for buggies or equipment should there be a need
The boys are tidying the patio area and fitting the security side gates
Hmmm - Looks like one of the team is checking out the weather hoping the turf doesn't go curly!
We've even included a shed! (For those residents who are worried about the pot plants we have CCTV throughout the scheme so your buds should be safe)!
The rear garden is definately looking better!
Lanscaping ongoing - it will look lovely when its all in bloom
Ok - I did say 'almost'! The new stairway and bin store access still needs a little attention!
The Driveway and Carpark are almost ready for their finishes - railings delivered and about to be fitted
View of the lift area - as you can see it's a very spacious area - the carpet has been laid and is covered with protective sheeting
There are three design of apartments within the scheme - view of one of the living rooms to kitchen
View to the living room window
The lovely lounge
The brew station and preparation area within the Lounge
The new pathway being formed around the site
The boys clearing up for the setting of the railings above the wall
The groundworkers finishing the digging in the carpark and the brickies forming the external staircase to the bin stores
The gardeners are busy laying topsoil and setting the decorative wooden posts - very exciting seeing it all come together
This is my favourite space - the Lounge.
We have incorporated a brew station at one end so residents don't have to return to their apartments for refreshments for either themselves or their guests
The front area is having its makeover and starting to look very handsome indeed!
View through the driveway into the carpark - the canopied area to the right is the cycle store with the bin store to the rear
We have a lovely new wall - the brickies have done a fine job of it too!
INTERIORS - The decoration looks very neat ready for the door fitting
All the new doors lined up and ready for the Joiners
The wetrooms are progressing nicely
The Kitchens are having their flooring fitted
OUTSIDE - the pavers are beginning the transformation!
These skylights will, on completion, be glazed giving a bright open feeling to the communal tea area
The external works are beginning, not long now for the neighbours to be left in peace!
Many of the kitchens are now installed and fittings connected
Wetrooms are looking really nice and the fixtures are going in
The scaffolding is gone! Brickwork looks great - although the sky is thunderous. This is possibly the first day it has been raining in Wigan for ages for our photo's.
The window protection will stay on until the final clean, hence they look a bit ragged.
The bricks will have a scrub too to show off their lovely facade
Preparing the upper floors for its 'dressing' - as soon as this is complete all the scaffolding will be removed so we can see its fantastic brickwork without obstruction! Am sure the lovely neighbours will be delighted to see it gone - The end is in sight and we can only express our sincerest thanks for their patience throughout the transformation
ON THE INSIDE
Each of the apartments have very spacious wetrooms - these stylish tiles will make them look beautiful
These lovely wood finish units are set off nicely by the newly completed tiling - kitchen fitters and tilers working very well to create this modern look
Painting one of the living rooms - such a lovely sunny room
The kitchen being made ready for its fit out
Going really well now - mist coating the bedroom
The only day in Wigan I have experienced rain and it had to be when the roof finishes were being done! Looking very smart even wet!
Back to being the sunny Wigan we know! The roof finishes from the ground looking just as smart - The upper floors are able to be completed now
Our fantastic Site Manager standing in what will be a respite area alongside the lift
The lovely sunny communal room
View over what will be the Car Park
View from the road
Woohoo the Roof is on! View from what will be car park entrance
Working out the Reception space
Brickwork looking fantastic! Weather in Wigan still lovely and sunny
Living and Bedroom
First Floor construction
The Team are really progressing now - We would like to wish Fawleys Construction and all the neighbours around the Site a lovely Easter Holiday
On the outside the Brickies are working to catch up before the roof goes on
Meanwhile down on the ground floor - rooms taking shape - to the left is a living room to the right is a bedroom
First floor Skeleton - weather being very kind !
The Team doing a sterling job
Installing flooring for 1st Floor
A Birdseye view of Ground floor skeleton
First Floor Interior
Back to business! The brickies work their magic and the first floor rooms start to take shape
A birdseye view of the ground floor structure - these areas will shortly be part of someones home - it all seems very real now
The boys are done for the Christmas break - and well deserved! In 4 months they have dug, secured an unexpected mine shaft, piled, framed and fitted the foundations and have begun constructing the walls! Well done to Fawleys and their team for the fantastic effort - we wish all the contractors and surrounding residents a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year from all at VVHC
We are at Ground Zero!
The site is moving along swiftly now and the ground floor flooring is delivered and secured
Concrete Foundation Delivery
Another lovely day in Wigan! Cranes lifting the concrete foundation ready for the ground floor flooring to be added - again our many thanks go to the residents surrounding the site
On this fantastic sunny Wigan day, with the piling done we start to lay the steel structures that the concrete foundations will sit.
Wigan has a great heritage in mining and many areas around the Borough have mine shafts. In order for us to make sure the building is very secure and stable we use piles driven into the ground on which we place our foundations. This picture shows the piling rig driving the piles into the ground - VVHC would like to thank all those residents based around the site for their patience and support during this time.
Ground breaking gets under way
Following extensive ground investigations and many consultations on design, with great excitement VVHC's contractor 'Fawley Construction Ltd' mobilise their teams and break ground on the new site!
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