Works to the Music Block are now complete, this is the final phase of six at The Grange School, Aylesbury where we have been refurbishing and extending the existing school and carrying out associated external works.
Client – Buckinghamshire County Council
Architect & PQS – Brocklehurst Architects
Structural Engineer – Intrepid Consulting Engineers
M&E Consultant – CBG Consultants
Progress continues at Downsbrook Middle School with the plastering almost complete and the joinery being fitted. The Ceiling margins are being fixed, leaving the final suspended ceilings to be fitted near the completion date to prevent damage.
Externally Buxton gets to play with big hammers, as the edgings are being installed and the ground levelled off for the paving.
Building works are proceeding well and to programme with the concrete frame and steel structure now complete, brickwork from the upper ground to roof is underway and the Kalzip roof covering is currently being installed,we are hoping to be watertight early next week.
Employer – The Whitgift Foundation
Architect – NVB Architects
CDM Co-ordinator – Goddard Consulting
PQS – Huntley Cartwright
Structural Engineer – Scott White & Hookins
M&E Consultant – Richard Stephens Partnership
Caterham Hill Parish Council, with a little help from Santa Claus, turned on the Cedar Tree Christmas lights at our office in Caterham last Saturday evening.
A record number of people, estimated at around 600, gathered beneath the tree to hear carols, meet Santa Clause and to partake of mulled wine and mince pies.
£433.75 was raised for Caterham First Responders from public donations, Buxton provide the electricity for the Christmas tree lights annually.
Bricklaying is well underway at Parchmore Road, Thornton Heath where we are building 13 houses, 3 maisonettes and 2 apartments. The 1st lift of brick and block is now complete and steelwork is being lifted into place to support the timber floor joists.
The scheme is designed to meet Code for Sustainable Homes level 4 and will incorporate photovoltaic panels to meet the renewable energy requirements.
Employer: Amicus Horizon
Employers Agent & PQS: Airey Miller
Architect: Affordable Architects
Structual Engineer: Carter Clack
The first section of the portal frame being lifted into position.
Following the completion of the environmental works at HTG school the team have seen the first sections of steelwork lifted into place. This has allowed the timber floors to be installed allowing access to the 2nd floor and roof areas of the building. During the week we have been preparing for the delivery of the Portal Frame Steel roof which sits over the new assembly hall on the 2nd floor, adapting existing walls and forming new openings, installing timber floors & installing below ground drainage internally.
We recently had a very difficult task selecting the Winning entries for the Downsbrook School Poster Competition but we are now delighted to display the 3 winners for Class 4, 5 and 7!
Buxton Bear attended assembly on 15th November and presented the children with their prizes of Book tokens and due to having such a high standard of creative work all the remaining entries were presented with runners up prizes.
Class 4 Winner
Class 5 Winner
Class 7 Winner
Our affordable housing division has secured a second contract with Amicus Horizon Housing Association in Thornton Heath. The scheme is to provide 14no. 1 and 2 bedroom apartments for affordable rent over three storeys with part of the ground floor being commercial space. Parking at the rear is accessed through a ground floor access road under part of the first floor. The site has already been partially cleared with commencement of construction scheduled to commence in January 2014.
The building is being designed to comply with Lifetime Homes and level 4 of Code for Sustainable Homes and will include photovoltaic panels on the roof to generate electricity thus reducing carbon emissions.
Cedar House, formally the “Old Rectory”, in Caterham-on-the-Hill and is cited to be the most haunted house in the district.
Hauntings have been reported here since the beginning of the 19th Century when the Reverend Alick St John Heard and his wife moved in to the rectory. Stories include the Rector conducting his own experiment whereby he locked every door in and he and his wife left the house with the keys. When they returned an hour later every door was wide open.
Other sightings include a young boy waking in the night to see the Reverend Heards’ deceased father rummaging through some paperwork at the end of his bed, the sounds of footsteps through the empty house and doors being locked a sighting of a hooded man resembling a monk, a mother waking to find a ghostly figure standing over her, reports of visitors feeling such an air of depression when entering the house they have needed to leave, door handles rattling, footsteps in the hallways, sightings of monks, fruit falling from a static fruit bowl, the back of the house being constantly cold, shoes walking by themselves across a room and other small articles such as hair brushes etc moving of their own accord.
Mediums have visited the house and declared the front of the building to be possessed by the spirits of good and those at the back to be evil. It is reported that a skeleton was recovered from a shallow grave near to the back door which could have been a child’s grave as there are reports of seeing the figure of a Victorian child following one of the residents around the house.
Neighbours also have their own stories to tell including one of a young lady that was a brilliant pianist. She became unexpectedly ill and died leaving her fiancé so distraught that he committed suicide in the building. Since then haunting music has been heard drifting across the gardens when the house was unoccupied.
There is an old oak door studded with nails, in one of the downstairs rooms. The nails are said to stand for one for every person who died when the Plague hit Caterham. Mists have been seen to swirl around the ancient apple tree and occupiers are said to have felt the damp chill rise from the cellar. It is also said that if you talk beneath the old Cedar Tree in the garden a curse will be put upon you.
Since Cedar House has been occupied by Buxton there have been other sightings by people working here. Even last week voices were heard! Others have said to be sitting in the board room and a cupboard door has flown open and one single stapler fallen across the room, small articles have been said to move or fall of their own accord and anyone requested to retrieve something from the archives in the cellar do not go down there alone. Grown men are known to have left the building in haste being the last one in the office and having such an over bearing feeling of foreboding that they have had to leave.
Who knows what happens after the staff have left at night and before they return in the morning?