Our surveyor and architect's report have identified what's pretty obvious really- that nature has been doing it's thing and taking over the outside of the building. So with a grant from the Renewal Trust we were able to get local outfit Growin' Spaces in to clear out the brambles and shrubbery that have been invading the roof tiles and brick joints.
Before and after views below:
The space facing on to Windmill Park is now looking more shipshape and exterior repairs will be easier to identify and carry out. Some more work is still to do on the most persistent plants, including two trees which will require the Council's approval to remove- letter to the Tree Officer in hand!
Meanwhile local practice 2hD Architecture Workshop have supported the project by carrying out a measured survey and have built a computer model for us- we'll use this to show people round the building (now that we can't physically get inside!), to plan future conversion work and measure up as part of developing a business plan.