The Hive Renovation

The ring beam starts to go in!

One of the biggest hurdles with the renovation of The Hive is that we are not allowed to increase or reduce the volume of the building during the process. This obviously proved difficult when the foundations went in (being a 150 year old building it didn’t have any to start with) The only way for it to be done safely was to prop up the building section by section dig the foundation, fill with concrete, and build the new structural wall as quickly as possible.

Another area where it has proven to be difficult is putting in the ring beam, usually done in one step. Instead, Karl has been cutting away the old rotting wooden ring beam stage by stage and replacing with concrete. slowly it is starting to take shape and hold all of the righthand side of the building together.

Here is how the old wooden ring beam looked:

We have used wood to make shuttering, a casing for the concrete to pour into. The inside gets oiled so that the concrete doesn’t stick. Karl has made a frame which can be re-used on each section of the ring beam.

Here is the wood arriving:

Here is the stuttering in action:

One section needed to be done in steel which we bought locally as the expanse was too big for concrete.

You may be wondering what all those straps are! Well, this is Karl’s clever way of holding the building in place using lorry ratchet straps to secure all of the beams together. Each lorry strap can hold up to 5000kg in weight. It’s also a fun way to pretend you’re in the matrix :-)

Watch this space to find out more about what is going on at The Hive.

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