Building Update: It’s looking good

February 28, 2017

Stuart Robinson, the site manager at West Horsley sets out each day from Andover at 5.00am and is on site by 6.00.  It is still dark, but those living in site accommodation are beginning to stir and by 7.00 the site is active again.  Stuart has worked with Martin Smith, the opera house builder, for […]

Sir Crisp Gascoyne & Co

A fairy-tale banquet for 250 fans was held at Mansion House and we discovered a fairy-tale link to benefactor Bamber. Read more. There was music from Hannah Stone and her harp, The Carice Singers and baritone Harry Thatcher. Lord Mayor Locum Tenens Sir Roger Gifford could not have been more welcoming and we were thoroughly spoiled. […]

Building Update: Winter bites the bricklayers’ cement

January 26, 2017

The first two days of this week were lost to frost. With daytime temperatures as low as -7oC, the water freezes as the cement is being mixed – even after attempts at heating the mixer – and thwarts the chemical reaction between cement, sand and water which is essential to the construction of a sound […]