As we near the end of 2018 – with the days getting shorter and the weather starting to change – we’ve had lots of exciting developments at our hospice building site over the last month.

Our skillful and multi-talented contractors, GEM Construct Ltd, have been hard at work on the interior aspect of the building. They have started the first fix pipework and wiring to the ground floor on the north side of the building.

For those of you unaware of the term “first fix,” this comprises all the work needed to take a building from foundation to putting plaster on the internal walls. This includes constructing walls, floors and ceilings, and inserting cables for electrical supply and pipes for water supply. What makes the first fix aspect of the build so exciting is that this work only commences after the shell of the building is complete. Therefore, this is a clear indicator that we have made fantastic progress!

GEM have also been working in partnership with Darke and Taylor, MEP (Mechanical, electrical and plumbing) specialists who we are also fortunate to have on board. This month, these two contractors have been busy kick-starting the first fix wiring of the electrical, fire alarm and access control functions of the ground floor south side of the building. These are important works which ensure that our building is safe, secure and – most importantly – complies with Health and Safety regulations. We are lucky to have such knowledgeable and specialist contractors supporting our cause!

Kingston Joinery have returned to site this month to complete the installation of the millboard to the external windows. Millboard brings the beauty of timber but with less maintenance. It is also coated in Lastane which makes it resilient against stains and scratching and able to withstand the elements.

In terms of Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice’s vision to be as environmentally friendly as possible, Bridgman and Bridgman have also commenced work to the green roof on the south side of the building. Bridgman and Bridgman’s vision is to “build gardens in the sky” and they successfully work with specialist roofers, product manufacturers, main contractors and home builders to create sustainable living roofs.

A green roof provides endless benefits to the environment. In particular, they provide a healthy habitat which encourages wildlife to remain in the area. Localised air quality is also improved as the vegetation assists in reducing both gaseous pollutants and dust particles by removing a proportion of them from the immediate environment, effectively purifying the air.

To help us get one step closer to a fully functioning hospice, BTR Building Services have been on hand to start work on the utilities trench. Lastly and certainly not least, Birch Screeding have also been on site to continue their screeding works to both the ground floor and lower ground floor.

We would like to thank Phil Juniper and Jimmy Miller at 8Build for their continued commitment to the project and expertly coordinating all of the different jobs being carried out on site.

We will keep you posted on further developments so please check back next month for further updates!

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