The Friends of Gressenhall chairman, Ted Peachment, tries his hand at operating touch-screen technology.
VOICES FROM THE SHARP END
The transformation of the Gressenhall galleries has continued to gather pace; within the last few months major steps towards meeting our deadlines have been achieved.
The galleries, once open spaces, are now filled with a landscape of activity, some of it already installed, while other elements are still wrapped in delivery packaging.
The shiny new vacromat plinths look very modern and will surely offer an interesting comparison to the old building fabric.
All the new sculptures are now here and awaiting installation at various locations around the site. A major task undertaken by staff was the writing of the text and graphic panels, no light task I can assure you. However, after much work and many iterations this part of the project is virtually complete. So much so they have actually started to install graphics to the newly constructed walls.
Since the last update NPS have managed the Phase 2 building works, which saw Britton Builders reprising their role as contractors for a second phase of painting and decorating.
The 1950s room is now refreshed with new wallpaper and paint, as well as a snazzy black and white chequered floor. The engineering rooms also received a new lick of paint, as did the remaining two stairwells.
A very exciting and innovative marketing campaign is being developed by Charles Wilde with a strong emphasis of utilising digital media instead of relying on print (see above photo).
Considering the complexity of the project we still seem to be on target for meeting out completion date, which is reassuring, but not quite a given just yet. Once we get half way through April we should then be able to be much more confident that there are not going to be any nasty surprises hidden around the corner. However the fact remains we have negotiated most of the most risky elements of the project such as procurement so it’s looking very positive for completion on time.
Voices from the Workhouse Project Officer