St Philip and St James’s church, Grafton Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2DD

Update on our Reordering

Dear All

I wanted to drop you a quick line with an encouraging update from David Mace regarding the reordering. I realise that many of you have been wondering how things are progressing and whether the project has been affected by the lockdown. Well, you’ll be pleased to know that the building work is going forward and our contractors plan to recommence work on 11th May. The appeal is also still open and I know that there are plans to reschedule some of our fundraising activities for future months. Hopefully, that will all become clearer over the coming weeks. Do get in touch with Peter Cottingham with any updated plans and ideas- best lockdown haircut competition? Best kept garden photo competition (because you couldn’t get out!)? Meanwhile, Peter is continuing his sponsored 1,000 mile walk and so far, has done 405! Anyway, over to David…

A Message from the Project Board Chair…

Some encouraging and positive news! Ken Biggs Contractors Ltd has been regularly reviewing the government guidelines with regards to social distancing whilst working on construction sites. Based on these reviews and risk assessing each project individually, they are now gearing up to re-commence, albeit initially on a reduced scale due to social distancing guidelines. How this will affect the programme will have to be fully assessed once they know what the availability of materials etc are, how reduced the number of trades on site need to be, to maintain social distancing and what the availability of hand washing and disinfectants will be like.

It is currently the intention of Ken Biggs Contractors Ltd to recommence works on the 11th May, subject to any further government intervention and of course that the client is happy for them to be working on site, which P & J is!

Whilst assessing this project throughout the site closure, Ken Biggs have arranged for floor surveys to be carried out and have also processed the correct applications for the asbestos to be removed which is currently programmed in to be carried out on the 30th April, which they are able to do within the current guidelines. They have also carried out a weekly site inspection to ensure that the church continues to be left in a safe and secure state.

Also during this closure, the contractor has been scheduling materials and working closely with Ferguson Mann Architects and the Quantity Surveyor from Synergy to make sure that when they do return, they are able to carry out the works required as swiftly and as safely as possible without placing the client, design team or their own employees at risk. New risk assessments will be required by each of Ken Biggs’ contractors and they will also be carrying out new site inductions, both of which will be based on the Construction Leadership Councils guidelines. Prior to the lockdown and Ken Biggs Contractors Ltd vacating the site on the 25th March the Reordering Project Board had received a progress update.

Before the lockdown good progress was being made and the works undertaken included:

Mobilisation; hoarding to site; site set up; organ protection by specialist; protection works internally and externally. Trial hole created for the steel frame foundations for the pods.

All parquet flooring and quarry tiles had been lifted. As the floor is uneven a survey was being undertaken to advise accordingly. Unfortunately asbestos material was found beneath the tiles by the pulpit.

Throughout recent weeks the Architects, Quantity Surveyor, Church Chartered Surveyor and Contractor have been working behind the scenes. The Reordering Project Board comprising Adrian Barlow, Clair Chilvers, Peter Cottingham, Nick Davies, David Mace, Hazel Mace and Stuart Hutton have been fully involved as well as with Video Conferencing meetings.

Please be patient. Everyone is focused on achieving a successful project albeit it might now take a few weeks longer than initially planned.