Last Friday evening was the Guilds 65th Annual dinner with a fantastic after dinner speech by Andrew Chaplin and the awarding of the Guilds medals to Emma Waitzmann, Sam Mayhew and Ryan Wales a fantastic evening was had by all
This evening marked another great year of the York Guild of Building’s Craftsmanship awards with winners form a variety of skilled trades including stained glass, Joinery and Decorating to name a few.
A huge congratulations to all the winners.
This afternoon we had a second visit to the York Community stadium site this time focusing on the new 13 screen Imax Cineworld cinema, It was fascinating learning about the project and seeing the progress in the last few months from a shell to almost complete cinemas.
The chalanges relating to scaffolding were particularly interesting with it taking almost a week to erect and dismantle the scaffold in each screen and the total weight of scaffold in the building being around 200 tonnes.
We thank Stephanie from Simpsons for arranging reaching out and offering this tour to us along with Jim and Andrew who showed us around.
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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.
When the Theatre Royal York was remodelled in 1879 part of the original stone façade (by architect John Harper 1834) was relocated to create a decorative screen along the Fulford Road frontage. The arches now form part of a scheme to redevelop the site and as a consequence had to be professionally repaired as a condition of receiving planning consent.
Earlier this evening the guild had a fantastic talk and tour around the Foss Barrier floor defences which are currently undergoing a large improvement project to increase their pumping capacity and defence capabilities. See below a few photos and concept sketches (please note we were unable to take any photos during the tour for national security reasons).
Many thanks to Steve for organising.
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