David Chittleborough, our volunteer in charge of project supervision, has given us this report:
‘The Heath Robinson Museum building project is progressing well, notwithstanding the recent very wet weather.
The CLT (cross laminated timber) frame and roof have been erected and the brick cladding completed. The installation of the distinctive copper roofing, the glazed curtain walling and doors should be completed by the end of February and the electrical first fix is underway.
Our architect (ZMMA) together with our main contractor (Philiam) are succeeding in producing a high quality building which will house exciting and varied exhibitions, attracting many new visitors to Pinner. The development is due to open to the public in summer 2016.
These new facilities will include a permanent Heath Robinson Gallery, a Special Exhibitions gallery, an Activity Studio facing onto the park and a reception/shop which will sell books, cards and gifts relating to Heath Robinson and Pinner, as well as showcasing the works of our local artisans. This will be complemented by the existing West House Upstairs Gallery overlooking the park and lake. The Gallery is used for community events, and available for hire through Daisy’s in the Park.
The Daisy’s in the Park café is an important facility and attraction for West House and the Museum. The space originally used for the small Heath Robinson Gallery and shop within West House is now a quiet space, much-appreciated by Daisy’s many customers.
A Museum Manager and a Learning Officer have recently been appointed, and great progress is being made in ensuring that the facilities, in particular the Activity Studio, will be fully utilised by schools and other groups of all ages.
These two permanent staff will be supported by a range of volunteers and new volunteers are now being actively recruited (please see this link for details).’
Below are some of the latest pictures of the building works.