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Construction progress

Change in motion

Stay up to date with the changes being made at Cannington Court through monthly timelapse videos. Choose from two camera angles – one looking down from an existing building on site and one from the spire of the church next door – to get a feel for the whole site.

April 2014

  • The first phase of refurbishment works in Priory Barn has been completed and the EDF Energy project team have now moved into the building.
  • The reroofing and chimney replacement at Priory Lodge is completed and the scaffolding gone. Inside work has been done on creating a new pedestrian entrance, new staircase and walls for the individual bedrooms. The installation of the new bathrooms has started.
  • At the Energy Centre, the roof and photovoltaic cells within the roof have been installed. The HV transformer is in and connected to the Western Power network. And, internally the fit out of the building is in progress.
  • The remodelling of the Dairy continues and the final shape of the building can now be seen. The roof structure is installed and roof works are in progress to make the building watertight, which will allow the internal fit out works to commence.
  • Significant work to preserve the heritage of Cannington Court is taking place internally and externally. Internally timber, masonry and plaster repair works continues. The building of new rooms and installation of building services will continue for many months. Externally the wisteria is now growing back up the building. 
  • External draining, ducting, stone walling and the installation of new services are in progress across the whole site.

March 2014

  • The refurbishment of Priory Barn is moving into the final stages, as completion of the first phase of works approaches.
  • A mock-up of a typical bedroom and bathroom has been built within Priory Barn for client viewing.
  • Progress has continued on Priory Lodge, with wall insulation and replacement windows having been fitted externally, and internal structural alteration works completed.
  • The Brassage building has been drying out following the wet winter weather. The building’s newly installed roof sheathing reveals its shape, and over the coming months the green roof will be installed as well, allowing the first  internal fix works to commence.
  • The Energy Centre has unfortunately been delayed due to the wet weather; the roof fit and internal fit out are due to commence soon.
  • The remodelling of the Dairy has continued, along with its roof formation.  The new structure will be completed and the building made watertight over the next two months.
  • Work on Cannington  Court, the jewel of the site, has continued to progress steadily; the joy of the building can now be appreciated following the removal of the majority of the external scaffolding.
  • The courtyard has been lowered, which has improved the setting of the western façade of Cannington Court.
  • A successful open day was held on 7th March 2014, where 140 local people and 30 school children viewed and learnt about the archaeology finds following Wessex Archaeology’s five week excavation. These finds included pottery, ridge tiles and stained glass from a window which would have originally been part of the first phase of building within the site.

January and February 2014

  • Unfortunate recent bad weather delayed works on the Brassage building, although the first layers of plywood roofing have been applied
  • The shape of the roof of the Brassage building is now visible over the ancient boundary wall
  • Re-roofing and chimney replacement of the Priory Lodge building is now complete, and the scaffolding is now being taken down
  • Priory Lodge wall insulation is being fitted ahead of the replacement windows
  • A mock-up of a typical bedroom and bathroom is being built within Priory Barn to showcase what finished rooms will look like
  • Despite delays due to bad weather, the perimeter block work to the roof level of the Energy Centre has been installed and the facing brickwork is underway
  • The first floor structure and roof timbers are being installed in the existing part of the Dairy, and within the extended section of the building the construction of the first floor is achieved
  • The majority of external scaffolding has been removed on Cannington Court. Timber, masonry and plaster repair work continues internally. 
  • Further archaeological digging has revealed more of an ancient wall, uncovered within the inner courtyard.

December 2013

Brassage building
The final roof timbers are now being installed revealing the building’s shape over the ancient boundary walls. The concrete structure for the kitchen ventilation through to the Priory Lodge ground floor is completed.

Priory Lodge
The re-roofing of the building and chimney replacement is now substantially complete and removal of the external scaffold will shortly commence. Internally works continues on forming the bedrooms with installation of building services within the roof space.

Energy Centre
The Energy Centre steel frame is now installed and construction of the perimeter walls is in progress. The water tanks and pipe work within the basement are now installed.

The Dairy
Partial demolition and remodelling of the Dairy continues. The existing roof has been removed and the first floor structure and below ground drainage has been installed to the section of the building which largely remains. Where the building is to be extended; demolition and the concreting of new foundations is in progress.

Cannington Court
Work on Cannington Court, the jewel of the site, continues to progress sensitively and steadily. Significant work to preserve the heritage of the building is taking place internally and externally. The joy of the building can now start to be appreciated with the removal of some of the external scaffolding. Internally timber, masonry and plaster repair works continues. The removal of asbestos and installation of new mechanical and electrical work continues.

North Car Park / Walled Garden
This month, pedestrian and vehicular visitors to the Walled Garden was relocated to allow visitors to enter the garden from the car park via an archway in the boundary wall and onto the Walled Gardens entrance shop building.

November 2013

  • Brassage - The rear timber walls of the Brassage Building have been erected and are just visible over the ancient boundary walls. The full shape of the building will emerge in December as the roof joists and timber decking are installed.
  • Priory Lodge - The re-roofing of the Priory lodge is almost complete and the remodelling of the centre of the building is also well underway; the walls and floors have been demolished, the staircase removed and new internal bedroom walls put up.
  • Energy Centre - The Energy Centre has been transformed with the successful delivery and installation of state of the art sustainable energy equipment.
  • The Dairy - With the floors and walls removed, and an internal steel frame erected within the existing structure, the partial demolition and remodelling of the Dairy is well underway. Next year, the Dairy will be converted into bedrooms which will join Priory Lodge through a glass link building.
  • Cannington Court - We’re working to preserve the heritage of Cannington Court, the jewel of the site. And we’re doing so sensitively and steadily. As part of that, timber repair works continue and the installation of new mechanical and electrical work has begun.
  • North Car Park / Walled Garden - Next month, all visitors to the Walled Garden will enter from the car park and through the Walled Gardens entrance shop. Our project team have also relocated from the Priory Barn into site offices in the north car park.
  • We want to thank all neighbours and visitors to the Walled Gardens and Tea Shop for their support and consideration during our construction work, and to wish them a Happy Christmas and New Year.

October 2013

  • The construction of the Brassage building has now reached an exciting point; it’s now visible over the ancient boundary walls and the shape of the building is starting to make itself visible.
  • The re-roofing of the Priory Lodge building is now in progress. A new steel structure has been erected to support the roof, and installation of new internal walls has commenced. 
  • The construction of the Energy Centre has started – this will provide energy to heat the buildings. 
  • To allow work to start on The Dairy, the project team have moved out and into Court Cottage. An ecologist has confirmed the demolition and roof alterations can now start.

September 2013

  • The Brassage Building archeaology works have been completed and stoned ready for the foundations to be installed
  • In the new car park the flow lines for the ground source heat pump are in place and pergola bases have been installed
  • Scaffolding has been erected around Priory Lodge ready to start work

August 2013

We have two time lapse cameras watching our progress and you can see feeds from both cameras above, which will be updated on a regular basis. Key activities you can see:

  • Demolishing the Amory building ready to create the new Brassage building
  • Drilling of eight boreholes for ground source heat pumps - part of the Energy Centre construction
  • Archaeological dig to excavate recent finds
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