Plans have been drawn up to ensure a substantial building project stays on schedule despite a five week delay caused by December’s extended cold snap.
Work on a new 60 bed care home on the fringes of Great Easton had been hampered by the snow, ice and freezing temperatures which hit the country in November. Then, in the week running up to Christmas, work was halted as temperatures plummeted to minus 13 degrees Centigrade on site. Workers were sent home three days early for the Christmas break and the site was closed off.
Senior site manager for contractors ISG Jackson Gerry Roseblade said: “By midday on December 20 the thermometer had only risen to minus nine degrees and it was bitterly cold. In those circumstances you have to be mindful of the safety of your workers.”
But Gerry is confident that building work on the home will finish on time in early summer.
“There has been an average of 50 workers on site but we will be doubling those numbers over the coming weeks to ensure that we make up the time we’ve lost as a result of the inclement weather,” said Gerry. “The weather is one of the hazards that we in the building trade have to deal with but we are confident we can still hit the deadline.”
The roof rafters will be lifted into place in the first weeks of January with work on the interior starting as soon as the building is water tight.
Local MP Sir Alan Haslehurst unveiled the building’s foundation stone in the Autumn. Once complete, the care home will incorporate 60 en suite bedrooms grouped around four separate lounges and dining rooms. One suite of 15 rooms will specialise in dementia care. The new building also incorporates a clubhouse for the prospective residents of the extra care apartments being created in the second phase of redevelopment.
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