Legacy Project Update

Sunday, 8 March 2020

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Legacy Project Briefing 7th/8th March

OUR LEGACY PROJECT STARTED LAST YEAR ON 15TH JULY, SOME 8 MONTHS HAVE NOW PAST AND WE ARE HALF WAY THROUGH ALL THE WORK THAT IS TO BE COMPLETED, SO WE THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE AN APPROPRIATE TIME TO GIVE YOU ALL AN UPDATE ON PROJECT PROGRESS

RIGHT NOW THE PROJECT IS AT IT’S BUSIEST, ALL WORKFACES ARE ACTIVE;

  • THE MAIN ENTRANCE PORCH HAS BEEN FULLY STRIPPED BACK AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE ACCESSIBLE TOILET IS UNDERWAY. A NEW ARCHED CEILING AND OTHER ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES ARE BEING INSTALLED.
  • ON THE MAIN ROOF DAMAGED SLATES ARE BEING REPLACED, THE MAIN GUTTER CHANNELS HAVE BEEN REPLACED AND WE HAVE ALSO DECIDED TO REPLACE ALL THE CAST IRON GUTTERING
  • A REPAIR TO THE END OF THE MAIN STRUCTURAL SUPPORT BEAM, RIGHT ABOVE MY HEAD IS UNDERWAY
  • TO DATE 108 WEATHER DAMAGED STONES AROUND THE BUILDING HAVE BEEN REMOVED AND REPLACED WITH A FURTHER 14 LEFT TO DO
  • FOLLOWING DETAILED INSPECTION WE HAVE REALISED THAT WE NOW NEED TO REPOINT ALL MASONRY JOINTS, SO THAT IS A BIG TASK THAT IS ALSO ONGOING

THUS FAR, WE HAVE NOT UNCOVERED ANY MAJOR SURPRISES, EXCEPT DURING THE RECENT HIGH WINDS A SECOND FINIAL FELL OFF ONTO SCAFFOLDING, WE HAVE HAD TO GET A NEW ONE CARVED BY THE STONEMASONS

WE ARE CURRENTLY 4 WEEKS BEHIND SCHEDULE, CAUSED MAINLY BY DELAYS GETTING THE SCAFFOLDING ERECTED. WE WERE DUE TO FINISH THE WHOLE PROJECT BY THE END OF MAY. OUR PLAN IS TO ENSURE THE MAIN ENTRANCE PORCH IS COMPLETED IN TIME FOR THE ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE. THIS WILL LEAVE US WITH JUST THE STEPS AT THE SIDE DOOR ENTRANCE TO COMPLETE

WE ARE ACTIVELY MANAGING OUR COSTS ON A WEEKLY BASIS TO TRY AND KEEP EVERYTHING UNDER CONTROL, AT THE MOMENT WE ARE PROJECTING A £7K OVERSPEND.OUR FINAL COSTS EXCLUDING VAT ARE GOING TO BE £628K. OUR OVERSPEND COMES FROM DECING TO REPLACE ALL THE CAST IRON GUTTERING AND INSTALLING BRAND STONE STEPS AT THE MAIN AND SIDE ENTRANCES

SO OUR KEY MESSAGES ARE THAT WE ARE SLIGHTLY BEHIND SCHEDULE, JUST ABOUT ON BUDGET, 50% COMPLETE AND NO REAL BIG SURPRISES ..THUS FAR !

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING. THIS IS A MAJOR PROJECT AND IT IS A CHALLENGE TO CARRY OUT THE WORKS WITHOUT CAUSING TOO MUCH DISRUPTION TO THE DAILY ACTIVITIES OF OUR CHURCH.

HAVING HAD A CHANCE TO SEE THE FABRIC OF THE CHURCH UP CLOSE, WE MOST DEFINITELY NEEDED TO ALL THE WORK WE ARE DOING AND WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT WHEN WE ARE FINISHED OUR CHURCH WILL BE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION FOR YEARS TO COME.

OUR LATEST LEGACT PROJECT NEWSLETTER WILL BE HANDED OUT AT THE END OF MASS

ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS, PATIENCE, UNDERSTANDING AND PRAYERS FOR A SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION TO OUR PROJECT