An exciting milestone for the Master’s House begins this week as the process of removing the scaffold that currently covers the site gets underway. The scaffold is comprised of thousands of tubes and beams and is weighted down by over 5500 concrete blocks on top of 320 railway sleepers. The removal of the structure will take nearly as long as it took to erect. It needs to be taken down extremely carefully so not to damage the newly finished roof.
To facilitate this, the top end of the St Katherine’s car park (nearest the Feathers entrance) will be closed for a couple of weeks commencing on the 7th of April. This is to enable a crane to be sited to lift off the steel roof trusses and for these to be dismantled safely. The contractors, Speller Metcalfe Ltd will endeavour to undertake this as quickly as possible to minimise disruption to the town and car park users
Whilst overall the building is a fair way off being completed the building being water tight shifts the project into the finishing stages. Given the, at times, difficult weather conditions, the temporary roof has allowed the project to continue as planned and prevented damage to any of the historic timbers. This has been essential on such a prestigious and nationally important building.
Speller Metcalfe always work ensure that their employees and sub-contractors perform in the most courteous manner possible with the minimum of disruption to residents. A large percentage of the construction team are Ledbury residents and, as such, understand the ongoing concerns over the impact that these works may have on the surrounding area, the public and local businesses. To keep up to date please visit Speller Metcalfe’s blog which can be accessed at www.ledburymastershouse.co.uk or follow the Master’s House on Twitter @HfdsMH.