Our plans for March and April

View from Heritage Centre to quarry

We thought you might like a breakdown of where we are now and what work our volunteers have planned before the Heritage Centre Opens in late April.

To save you a little time we have keyed the tasks as follows:-

  • Completed!
  • In Progress: working on these as you read.
  • Not yet started: On our to-do list!

Progress to date

Earlier in 2016

  • Roadway: Swithland Lane to Car Park.
  • Disabled Car Park.
  • Children’s play area: Bark laid
  • First Siding: Now to the back of the museum.
  • Second Siding: Also to the back of the museum (thanks to Network Rail).

Week commencing 28-February

  • Car Park: Final levelling prior to arrival of tiles.
  • Access Path to base of quarry. Around half the path is now shuttered. Further timber should arrive next week to allow the shuttering to be completed.
  • Nunckley Trail path. We had a welcome delivery of bark, hence we managed to resurface a further 100m of the trail path. Around two thirds now complete!

Week commencing 06-March

  • Build Access Path to base of quarry. The access path down to the quarry is now fully shuttered. A concrete delivery is expected in the next week.
  • Surface first half of car park.Tiles have been laid over half the car park.
  • Erect play area equipment.The play equipment is being constructed as I type!

Week commencing 13-March

  • Erect play area equipment.Construction complete and now firmly anchored in place
  • Erect picket fence around play area.
  • Concrete Access Path to base of quarry. Two mixer loads of cement later (12m3) the disabled access path is complete.
  • Surface second half of car park. The main car park is now complete.
  • Start overflow parking area.
  • Completion of water crane. Completed ahead of schedule.
  • Nunckley Trail path. Progress continues.

Week commencing 20-March

  • Resurface Nunckley Trail path.
  • Construct outdoor seating.Not on the original plan but completed this week.
  • Completion of line side fencing to the end of the platform.
  • Cattle guards for level crossing.
  • Fence Access Path to base of quarry. Handrail completed.

Week commencing 27-March

  • Resurface Nunckley Trail path. Lorry load of bark chipping delivered to quarry.
  • Erect timber fencing from heritage centre to site roadway.
  • Erect timber gates across site roadway between water shed and car park entrance.
  • Stonemasons’ huts. Further progress this week.

Week commencing 03-April

  • Resurface Nunckley Trail path. Almost done! Just 20m to go.
  • Create disabled path over bridge to trail roadside gate. Base has been dug out, levelled and filled with hardcore.
  • Fit the weather vane rescued from Rothley Primary School. Fitted and clearly visible from the road.
  • Level the overflow car park. Levelling well underway.
  • Fence from timber gates along rear of over flow car park to main gates.
  • Erect external site signage.
  • Erect temporary fencing in base of quarry to form a screened walkway from the base of the disabled path to the level crossing. This is to give visitor access to the trail.

Week commencing 10-April

  • Resurface Nunckley Trail path. Finished!
  • Create disabled path over bridge to trail roadside gate.
  • Complete overflow car park.
  • Complete level crossing and cattle guard.
  • Fence from timber gates along rear of over flow car park to main gates. Only a short section left to complete.
  • Network Rail volunteers revisit to lay additional track. Assembled the last point and third siding.
  • The bank between the heritage centre and platform has been broken down and prepared for grass/wild flower seeding.
  • Erect external site signage.
  • Erect temporary fencing in base of quarry to form a screened walkway from the base of the disabled path to the level crossing. This is to give visitor access to the trail.

Our schedule for the coming week!

  • Complete the fence from timber gates along rear of over flow car park to main gates.
  • Erect external site signage.
  • Erect temporary fencing in base of quarry to form a screened walkway from the base of the disabled path to the level crossing. This is to give visitor access to the trail.
  • Final tidy up ready for the opening!

 

There is still much to do, and these tasks don’t include preparations within the Heritage Centre, Heritage Room exhibitions and Granite’s coffee shop. The first 19 exhibition boards are proudly displayed in the Heritage Room, artefacts are arriving shortly, and the art exhibition will be set up in the Community Room later this week.

If you feel you could help, or would like to know more, please feel free to email volunteer@heritage-centre.co.uk.

Thank you to everyone who donated to our JustGiving Appeal. Your support helped to fund a third of the boards.