The long awaited removal of the electricity pole, sited in the middle of the Lawson Park meadow, was completed this week. With a great deal of equipment, monster trucks and men on mobile phones in attendance, the removal of the pole and undergrounding work seemed to be completed relatively smoothly, it only seemed to be the small matter of flicking the switch to turn our electricity back on that was a problem, hence the delay in posting pictures of this great (and very expensive) event.
For those avid viewers of the webcam who are wondering why it's not updating, the power to Lawson Park has been turned off whilst they run it underground, meaning no power to do anything on the farm. Normal service will resume next week.
Lecks temporary site manager oversees progress while Barry takes a well earned break.
After 6 weeks the drilling is finally complete and the rig is taken off site..phew
And also some carved bits of beams we rescued.
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!
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..
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.