Monthly Archives: May 2016

Installing the lower-ground steels.

On 12th September the steels arrived. Following the structural engineer’s specifications and with helpful advice from the steel supplier we got on with installing the steels. With rough stone walls setting things out was quite a challenge, but by taking plenty of cross-referenced measurements we had the positions marked out. […]



Preparing footings for the steels.

Steel stanchions would support the steel beams at the front wall of the chapel. For the right hand footing we had to cut some rock away before regularising with 40N concrete, for the left hand footing we had to dig down to expose the solid rock and again regularise with 40N concrete. With […]

Checking the foundations

The engineer requires that we inspect the wall foundations.  Feeling a bit uncomfortable about disturbing something that has stood for so long, with out any sign of subsidence or failure, we carefully excavate trenches along the walls. The solid stone external walls are 60cm wide, the front and rear walls are built along the on top […]