Work on the first phase of the refurbishment of the Gardiner Memorial Hall started on Monday 11th October 2021. The first phase includes new toilets, kitchen, windows, an extension to the stage, a platform lift between the two levels, installation of a heat source air pump, audio visual equipment and lighting. At this point in time, funding for the new extension is yet to be sourced.
We have appointed Cadman Construction Limited of Colchester to carry out the work. Cadman Construction Limited will work with our Project Team Varsity Consulting, Saunders Boston Architects, Sharman and Grimwade Ltd (Mechanical and Electrical Services) and Andrew Firebrace Partnership Limited.
Work is currently about six weeks behind schedule with a new completion date of the beginning of May 2022. Even without the extension, the Gardiner Memorial Hall will be brought into the 21st century, being more environmentally friendly and sustainable for many more years to come, allowing the legacy of the late John Gardiner to continue as a facility for the community to enjoy. We look to welcome the community back to the hall in May/June 2022.
See below the plan for the Hall (Phase 1)
PHOTOS OF WORK IN PROGRESS
Photos show the insulation of the ceiling and walls, stripping out of the old toilets and construction of the new unisex toilets, and the proposed layout of the new kitchen.