The work is slowly getting underway

Monday morning dawned to see Anglo-Norden doing their usual unloading job from the front of the Aurora just as Carters are starting. All we had, first off, was a single red van. Then, yesterday, a cabin arrived.

Then, today, a load of mesh fencing arrived.

This is to be the perimeter of the Carter’s work area. Mind you, its going to be a bit cramped for all concerned!

The Drought

They keep threatening thunderstorms but they never reach us although other parts of the country are having them. It’s getting really bad. Here is one of the trees on the podium and the ground underneath!

Very sad. We do hope that they recover once the rain does, eventually, come.

So what is 90f anyway?

According to Alexa that is about 32.2c so a bit warm then! Another Saturday and I had to go up to the Fore Street post office to make sure that a birthday card went in the post today – they have a Saturday collection at 12.30. I took my camera looking for something to light up my creative juices. Guess what – it was just “HOT”!!!!

Well here are some pictures that I got. The best theme that I could think of was boat names so here are a few.

Decky Doo Dah is the best I think.

There was an old wooden boat, moored up near Stoke Bridge, that I don’t recall seeing before.

Around there I used my camera’s clever multi-shot capability to get a photo of a seagull. The camera starts recording images when you get the shutter halfway down so when you actually press it, the camera is already 15 images ahead!

That one was quite easy to get. This little idea lets you get a bit more adventurous. With the usual time for reaction, this one would be missed.

The only person interest I saw all the way there and back was this extremely long hair. Not much but something, I suppose. I know that my hair is long but this must be warm on a day like this

Back to the cladding!

We have had our first newsletter from Carters. Things are looking up if they are going to do this along the way. Anyway, there was a couple of interesting comments in there. First off:

“R G Carter construction team will commence the works on 15th August 2022 with the establishment of the site compound area located in Aurora car park located directly adjacent to 51 Patteson Road – activities over the next four weeks will include the following:

  1. Site mobilization:
    – erecting site compound fencing
    – install temporary site welfare – initially a temporary oasis unit to be followed by fire rated sitecabins providing offices, meeting rooms and welfare facilities
  2. Construction Works:
  3. installation of replacement locks to balcony doors
  4. isolation of balcony external lights
  5. erection of scaffold to perimeter of buildings – including any measures to maintain access to 7Anchor Street and 51 Patteson Road”

Here is the Aurora car park at this morning. Note the cars under our balconies. Let’s hope that these are gone by Monday morning.

However…

Here is the wharf road along the front of Capstan House looked like this morning..

This would imply that Anglo-Norden are planning on unloading Suntis alongside the Aurora as they have done for about the last 4 or 5 visits. As I understand it, they have to protect “grandfather” rights which mean that they have to use the area or lose the right to. This could be interesting if Carters turn up and find the car park fenced off! My camera awaits.

There was another bit of interesting news in Carter’s newsletter:

WHAT TO EXPECT…

The remediation works required to meet the fire safety standards dictated by EWS1 certification will include the removal of the existing timber rainscreen, ceramic tile and render facades to allow replacement of insulation and both vertical and horizonal fire barriers prior to façade reinstatement as dictated by the revised design. It has been determined that the completion of the works can be satisfactorily achieved without fully removing the existing balcony structures – although it will still require removal of the balcony decking to release the balcony glass balustrades.

All works associated with the cladding remediation works will be accessed off full height scaffold secured at ground floor level with solid metal heras type fencing and encased with a suitable fire rated and vented scaffold netting.”

So, they are NOT taking the balconies down. It will be interesting to see them take down the glass panels between us and next door as these seem to be well and truly stuck.

Oh well. Let us look forward to Monday and I will make sure that my camera batteries are all nicely charged!

New boats

I was talking to a lady that I bumped into (not literally) outside the Aurora about her going on a trip on Thistle and I said, “there she is now”. Then I realised that the boat I was looking at had a Dutch flag on the masthead rather than a Thames Barge “Bob”. On closer inspection it turned out to be Anna TX37. She is a Dutch two master gaff schooner.

I think that I must have seen her before but a long time ago.

Also, sitting next to here is the nice little fishing boat, Excelsior which is based in Lowestoft.

A short note on the cladding

Things are starting to move. The project manager was a round early this morning and the Aurora is having a big clear out from underneath. As I understand it, the project team’s cabins, etc. are going along our side of the car park so it needs to be clear and the Aurora needs access to the underneath of the building. I noticed, earlier, that they had closed off the car park, in the hope, I am thinking, of slowly clearing the cars.

Lastly, I must say that I am getting excellent service from Carters when asking questions about the work. My latest is to try and find out what will be happening, eventually, to the wood siding used to cloak the unit on the ground floor. As you can see, it is currently clad in wood which must have to go.

An ordinary Summer Saturday

I was on my way to the Pharmacy and Tesco so I decided to take my camera along for the ride. Here are a few topics.

Let us start with a nice friendly seagull

Thalatta and HMS Express are still with us.

It’s days like this that you see things in the sunshine that you don’t bother with at other times. It is so nice out here that the rubbish hits you in the face. The port or the council, not sure which, used to come along with some “grabbers” and pick all of this up but we haven’t seen them for a while. It would be good if the Aurora did their own clear up as it would look better for their customers.

It was definitely summer around the Cult café. There was a band setting up with Radio Suffolk in attendance.

Have we moved to Felixstowe beach? No, it’s just some deckchairs on the “grass” outside the Cult!

The grass has disappeared all over. We are desperate for rain here in Suffolk. Have a look at the leaves on these trees on the Podium! No green left at all. It looks like Autumn has come early.

Having mentioned the flats, I thought I would give you a last look before the remedial work begins on 15th with the removal of the balconies!

I am told that the big “pipe” that goes up in front of all the balconies is for show – “to make it look like a boat” was the comment the other night!

Two weeks time, this will all start to come down. Once the balconies are down and the scaffolding up, we will be wrapped in a fireproof membrane which, they assure us, we will be able to see through and get a breeze through, but as they are locking the patio doors and barring the windows, what breeze we will get is anyone’s guess. One thing I am sure of is that the wrapping will be nothing like this building on Duke Street because the most open wraps are NOT fireproof and once the building is inhabited that is the biggest parameter. Anyway, this looks good.

Well, that is all I have from my roll around yesterday. I will try and get one more in before they start work. I expect my efforts will be driven by that for a while.

Have a nice week. David

News on the cladding

We had a meeting last Thursday evening where Carters, the appointed contractors, gave us a run down on what is expected to happen. I do have their slide show but am awaiting their permission to publicise it. I get it, I will post their slide show in its entirity. Carters are a very well respected building contractor. Locally, they did all the work on the Winerack, including incorporating that spiffy German car parking machinery, and The Hold.

In the meantime I will give a quick overview of the information. They are taking the balconies down as a first action, using a crane. This will be interesting to watch is it will have to be a pretty impressive cherry picker to get to the eighth floor! They intend to lock each patio door with a replacement key and put a bar across the opening. Seems sensible.

The Aurora carpark is to become their home for the duration with portacabin offices, restrooms and storage plus toilets. The scaffolding will then go up (around 9 weeks – remember that they are doing 7 Anchor Street at the same time). A 2.7m security wall will be placed around the base of the building keeping everyone off the scaffolding. The work will then commence. They are taking down the white render and the red(?) tiles to get to what is underneath. As there is no Operation and Maintenance (?) or OM manual available, they have to take an investigative approach to the problem. The walls that are made up of wood all have to be replaced with composite materials that are fireproof.

Once all this has happened, the scaffolding will come down and the balconies will be replaced. Each balcony will be tagged so they go back whence they came. Some of the balconies (I think on the dock side of the building) have wooded decking so this will be replaced, at the same time as reinstatement, with composite equivalents. This is expected to be around May time in 2023. The project manager from Carters is hopeful that they can finish early as there are penalty clauses on the project. He did say that they have ensured that all the money from Persimmon to pay for this has already been paid and that all of the tools, equipment and supplies have already been acquired so there is no danger of delays due to lack of anything.

Well, that’s pretty much it. If I get clearance from Carter’s, I will post the full slide show. Until next time…

St. Peter’s by the Waterfront

Some time ago, I was down in St. Peter’s St. buying some fabric from Crafty Baba, my goto place when doing my favourite patchwork sewing. I took the opportunity to go into St. Peter’s church. Normally, when I get down this area, it is on a Saturday and the church is closed but today it was open. This is a bit of a photo shoot and not too many words so here goes.

As the poster says, there was a display of “charter hangings” or tapestries to you and me. This made me even more eager to go in. I did check if photos were allowed so, off we go.

What a wonderful window
The usual 1st. WW panel – that adorns churches throughout the land.

The town is always proud of its association with Cardinal Wolsey.

The first church on the site.
What a magnificent old font!

Well, that’s it. If you get the chance, why not pop in and have a look round. Better still, go to the regular music sessions that they hold. Check them out HERE

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My goodness, it is hot.

It’s around 32c – 90f. We are lucky that we are on the north face of the apartment block, which is 10 stories high and have one apartment between us and the south face. This means that no real heat gets through from radiation. We just get warm air. Anyway, this is what it looks like out there.

Quick edit later in the day – 95f – 35c out there. Not going anywhere.

My saxophone lesson has been cancelled due to the heat so I wonder how much across the country has been stopped. Glad I am retired and can just sit here and watch.

A bit of news about the cladding and my car!

First off, a little bit of an issue with my car. When I am in and out I tend to leave my car parked on the road as it is easier than getting my wheelchair through the underground car park. However, there appears to be a risk attached to that. My next door neighbour called me last night to tell me that someone had parked in my allotted place! He kindly put a notice on the car. The morning I had a visit from Carter’s – the builders (about that later) – accompanied by Dwain, the caretake – concierge. I told him of the issue and he has put the following notice of the offending vehicle:

When my mother-in-law moved into 310 upstairs, the previous tenant had left a car that was “dumped”. The landlord eventually removed it to his own garage but it took him two years to get the DVLA to agree to him disposing of it. I hope that isn’t the case here. More to come, no doubt.

We had a visit today by a group of people representing Carter’s. the local building firm that built the Winerack and The Hold. They know what they are doing! They wanted to inspect the balcony to get to grips with how they might come down. Well, I hope that they learned something. I certainly did. They don’t appear to have permission yet to use any of the land around the block (the freehold of 51 Patteson Road only covers the footprint of the building). It also seems that they need an assessment of the possible impact of cranes on the ground and so on. Also, they have yet to obtain a storage site to store the balconies. We wait with some trepidation. It would seem that early autumn might be the start date so better than the summer. It is expected to take one year to complete but we are assured that the cladding material won’t by solid plastic sheet so there is some hope that we will be OK for air.