Sunshine at last & the grass is growing!

07.09.15 | landscaping

It’s been a busy few weeks at site, with lots of progress in spite of the miserable weather, which included the wettest August bank holiday weekend on record! : ( As well as completing the planking and covering the roof in Tyvek, the main focus has been on landscaping – to make sure that all the equipment such as the digger and skip loader were off site before the start of term. We made two tiered mounds in front of the structure, so that an audience can sit facing the open front facade. We also laid a herringbone brick pathway leading up to – and along the front of – the building; these were locally manufactured clay bricks kindly donated by H G Matthews, in Chesham. We’ve had some fantastic help from friends Davey, Elsy, Ishbel, Eliot & Amalie – as well as ‘volunteers of honour’ Alex de Rijke (former Dean of the RCA) and Tim Lucas (a Partner at Price Meyers Engineers). They helped cut all the floor joists from the remaining Hooke Park timber at the Farm, and transported them over to the site in Tim’s colourful transit van – with extra assistance from his lovely daughter! Ming came back up to Lacey Green yesterday to help for a few more days…we’re hoping to get the remaining black lapped siding (donated as part of Country Supplies amazing ongoing sponsorship) up, and the final grass seeds sown, by the end of the week. Then all that’s left is installing the guttering and drainpipes, laying the timber floor, and giving the timber structure a final sand and oil – with the treatment oil generously donated by Osmo UK last week. I start working for the London-based architecture practice Duggan Morris 4 days per week from 21st September, so this is my last week up here full-time. Thankfully the sun is now shining, so hopefully we’ll be able to speed things up! It’s finally starting to look less like a construction site – and it’s exciting to be able to visualise the finished building…