I’m pleased to say that the problem with the drain has been resolved. It turned out there was a large block of concrete blocking the pipe, which has now been removed. The drain is clearing normally and we are back on course with progressing the kitchen etc.
Most of the construction work has now been done.The kitchen walls, and the wall between the teaching rooms and the corridor are finished and the glass in the big window in the latter has been fitted. The storage area is virtually finished, and the disabled toilet.has been tiled.
Cabinets, worktops, a range cooker and other appliances have been ordered for the kitchen, and new wash-basins for the toilets are on their way. A new motor has been found for the air intake, as the old one was very noisy – the air conditioning now seems to be working well.
The premises were well lit already with strip lighting which is effective but ugly. Diffusers to cover these have been ordered – they will look better and the lighting should still be plenty bright enough for bridge play.
Other bits and pieces that have arrived, or will do so shortly, are new toilet seats, notice boards, white boards, fire exit signage, electrical trunking, coat hangers, shelving for the storage.and a couple of desks – one for a reception area near the entrance and one to be tucked away in one of the teaching rooms where the board dealing will be done.
We are currently looking at how best to provide folding partition walls to divide the teaching rooms and the match rooms. Made-to-measure panels are prohibitively costly, but we believe we can use ready-made partitioning by building a wall into which it will fit. There is no particular urgency for these, as teaching will not start in earnest until September, so we can consider our options a bit further before committing to one solution.
The other outstanding issue is the form of bar we should install. There is not a big choice out there, but we think we have hit upon one that will work for us.
I’m visiting the premises again tomorrow, so will aim to take some more photos then to show you the progress that has been made.