A very wet visit to the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust's vision to create a vibrant new centre for village life around the Folk Hall in New Earswick. The Guild were shown round the new £24 million development with the main building housing a mix of residential care suites and extra care apartments.
The development of New Lodge addresses the lack of housing for over 55s in York, as well as providing links to the newly-redeveloped Folk Hall. This traditionally constructed masonry project has the latest technology installed to monitor and keep safe residents in an independent environment.
30 Scouts and Guides enjoyed a day out at the Snowball Plantation camp site on 22nd September where they learnt how to build brick barbecues and then cook on them. Members of the Guild of Building supplied the materials, with bricks donated by York Handmade Brick Company, and demonstrated the skills needed to mix the mortar and cut and lay the bricks to construct a solid and sound structure.
On 17th September, members of the Guild enjoyed a sunny visit to the new Malmaison hotel currently under construction in the centre of York, with views over the minster from the sky bar. The contractors, Broadley Group, highlighted the challenges of working in a tight city centre site using Zone Manager a delivery management system. Sound proofing and interior design challenges were also highlighted.
Last week we had an interesting private tour of Goddards House learning a little about the history of the property and family as well as the ongoing maintenance required to the building. It was especially interesting hearing about how the implementation of constructionline as a pre-qualification requirement has caused challenges for some of the smaller and niche companies required to carry out specialist work in the properties.
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