Ye Olde Graffiti

Mon 19 May 2008

And also some carved bits of beams we rescued.

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1908?
1908?
"L J"
180 ?
180 ?

A few items that the builders have pulled from the walls recently during the re-build...
Any information about when they date from or what they are very welcome!

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A blade from what?
A blade from what?
This bottle has the letters 'A' & 'B' in fancy script on the front
This bottle has the letters 'A' & 'B' in fancy script on the front
From the 1940's maybe?
From the 1940's maybe?
This is a riding stirrup - but from when?
This is a riding stirrup - but from when?

Excavations continue as the external drains are put in, I never though I'd become so preoccupied with holes in the ground (unlike a group of Slade MA students who I recently met at the Merz barn) but the cost of digging trenches and holes out of the bedrock means this aspect of the redevelopment is getting quite a lot of my attention.
Needless to say it was a bit of a nasty surprise to find the two giant concrete rings that have just arrived onsite need a hole 3m deep, to provide an inspection pit for the ground source heat system, it all seemed so simple on paper..

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Land Art

Land Art

Is it really that big or are those people just far away?

Is it really that big or are those people just far away?


This pic by Nina Pope shows Adam, Karen & Lisa outside the Grand Designs exhibition in London last week. Behind them is Kevin's 'real' eco-house by the Thames, and we can confirm he was on site in a hard hat.
The show itself was a mixed bag indeed, it would have benefitted from a tighter selection (there was 4 or 5 'live' painters churning out landscapes, for example) but we all agreed on the joys of sparkly tiles.

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Although we are all enjoying the fantastic weather it feels a bit like Butlins for plant equipment today at Lawson Park, they're sitting everywhere soaking up the sun, things are strangely quiet and although its a relief to be able to hear yourself think for a change, I am concerned there is so little activity on site with projected delays to the programme mounting up.

Work began yesterday on the undergrounding for the overhead power supply but has already been halted by repairs needed to their equipment, the ground source drilling crew were hoping to be finished on Friday but broke the head of their rig on the sixth hole tbc...meanwhile the two stonemasons quietly work away and Barry our site manager continues to make a valiant effort, I think I've seen him in nearly every machine on site today, but there is only so much one man can do! It seems, to the untrained eye (see webcam) that there’s plenty to do so I’m hoping the last few days have been a lull which will soon be followed by a mass of skilled labour flooding onsite to start rebuilding the new and improved Lawson Park (well maybe not a mass, we’re not in China now)

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In need of a vacation

In need of a vacation

Enjoying the view

Enjoying the view


Visiting the site last week were Joyce Nicholson (left) and Nancy Nicholson-Sheffield, two sisters now living in Canada. Joyce had been born in Lawson Park, during her father's farming tenure here in the immediate postwar era.

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Joyce & Nancy Nicholson reminiscing
Joyce & Nancy Nicholson reminiscing

Last week the Grizedale team visited Grand Designs Live to seek out interesting products and materials for Lawson Park (more on this soon) While we were there we visited the eco house in the grand village they've been building in Royal Victoria Square as part of the show. Although they were trying to complete the house in a week they still had time to take advantage of the onsite masseuse! Not sure if I should post this picture in case we start getting requests for similar ‘facilities’ at Lawson Park.

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cause of the stress the eco build nears completion

cause of the stress the eco build nears completion

its a hard job but someones got to do it

its a hard job but someones got to do it


The biodisc has landed

Wed 7 May 2008

The giant bright orange sewage treatment plant that has been sitting on the turning circle at Lawson Park has now been installed. Seems to fit quite snugly into the giant hole that had to be made for it.

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Barry and his right hand men check its in position

Barry and his right hand men check its in position

For those who like a nice bit of heavy plant

For those who like a nice bit of heavy plant


View of the North elevation taken last week with Leck in the foreground measuring the levels for the new drainage system.

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The back of the building which we call the front

The back of the building which we call the front


Two of the problem areas

Mon 5 May 2008

Dry stone wall built on top of concrete floor that has to be removed!

Dry stone wall built on top of concrete floor that has to be removed!

New access routes through the building

New access routes through the building


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