|Nothing is ever certain when it comes to dates on a construction project but we’re confident enough now to commit to the 2nd of May.Outside, the building is completely weather tight and the mechanical and electrical work inside is well underway. Heating and lighting in the hall is 95% complete, the netting is in and our (as yet not working) dividing partition for the Hall arrived from Sweden a few weeks ago. We’re sure it’ll be working soon.
The solar panels went on before Christmas and the remaining big work packages like the lift, the boilers etc are scheduled for February and March. After that it’s decoration and the remaining building systems (CCTV, Access Control, Data Network). The Electricity, Gas and Water connections have all been completed in the last week.
It’s starting to feel like the home straight. Board discussions are now much more about operations than the project itself which is a good sign we’re getting closer to opening day.
Before May 1st we’ll be opening the Sports / Community Hall. The plan was to open that at the end of January / start of February. We’re still not open (we’ve had and still have an issue with the dividing partiiton in the hall) but we’re told a solution is in sight. As soon as that issue is resolved we’ll have the floor down.
We were also successful, just before Christmas, in obtaining funding for the equipment in the hall and so brand new badminton nets and posts, table tennis tables, football goals, cricket and short mat bowling equipment will be arriving over the next few weeks.