Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Poles, planks and ladders

Well ladies and gentlemen, it's the moment you've all been waiting for.

That's right - this is the post about scaffolding!

If you've been in Tenbury recently you'll have seen the scaffolding going up around the outside of the Regal. Just in case you haven't been to Tenbury, here's a picture for you to see what the building looks like swaddled in planks, poles and blue netting.

But really, the scaffold on the outside of the building is nothing compared to the scale of the transformation that has gone on inside of the auditorium.

(Click here for a larger version of the panorama)

This picture doesn't really do it justice; the room feels entirely transformed with the wood and metal all around the walls and ceiling. The scaffold isn't quite finished yet in this picture, though you can see the general shape of it. When finished, it will provide the workmen access to the roof and the walls. The double levels of height around the side give good access to the mural for the work that will be carried out to them later in the restoration (as one of the later things to happen, work on the murals will be started after Christmas).

One of the most surprising things to see was just how many pieces go together to make the scaffolding. These pictures show just some of the poles and connectors that haven't yet been put together. It looked like a giant meccano set!

Within the scaffolding, ladders are used to get between the different heights. Here's one of the ladders, leading up to the first floor of the scaffold (where the chair is). The auditorium slopes, of course, so what is near the floor height at the back is above my head height at the front.

I hoped you enjoyed the pictorial tour of scaffolding! This is all staying up during the mural painting phase, so until well after Christmas. So don't be surprised if you see more photos of scaffolding in the future!

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