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May 2011 - Threadneedle Street Celebrates Official Opening

Threadneedle Street was bathed in glorious sunshine for the official opening which took place on 09 May. Presided by the NTS Cheif Executive Kate Mavor, the event provided the opportunity to thank all project and funding partners. The ribbon was cut by future residents Aliston, George, and Warren and school groups who contributed in the creation of artworks and forged gates could inspect their work in situ. A public open day was held on 21 May which provided an opportunity for the people of Peterhead to view the building before it is occupied in June. It was a great pleasure to listen to the reminiscences of so many who had lived in these buildings during their youth and to hear their thoughts on the works. With the building’s handover to Tenants First Housing Cooperative and occupation the LHIS’s Threadneedle Street project has come to a successful conclusion. We hope that following its progress has been of interest to you over the months and we look forward to keeping you similarly informed of our next project. Thanks for spending some time with us.

Main Corridor with Student Artwork
View of St Andrew Street from Southwest
Aliston, George, and Warren Cut the Ribbon
Future Residents and Funding Partners

April 2011 - Works come to a close

April saw works at Threadneedle Street drawing to a close in anticipation of the gala opening which is due to take place on 09 May with future residents taking part in a ribbon cutting ceremony. A push was on to get all services installed and tested and all internal decoration completed. Soft landscaping in the garden will be attended to once the building is occupied in June. To commemorate the completion of the project, the public will be invited to an open house which is scheduled for 21 May. Please feel free to drop by to have a look inside, it has been a transformation.

George's room
View of courtyard from east
St Andrew Street elevation
Threadneedle Street elevation

March 2011 - Internal Fit Out Nearing Completion

Works in March concentrated on the establishment of building services (gas, water, & electricity) and the continuation of joiner work and decoration. At the end of the month the first floor flats were nearing completion with the ground floor close behind. Most of the external works have been completed with hard and soft landscaping and some areas of lime harling outstanding. The bulk of builder work should be completed by mid April with the remainder of the month ahead spent finishing the decoration and commissioning the building services. A public open day has been established on Saturday 07 May when anyone can drop by to have a look at the completed building.

First Floor flat
Decoration of Ground Floor bedroom
View of Threadneedle Street elevation
View of the site from east (rear)

February 2011 - Internal Fit Out Nearing Completion

Works in February have concentrated on completing the installation of all mechanical and electrical services as well as joinery work and kitchens all of which is nearing completion. Once this has been accomplished decorators can proceed with internal finishes. Most of the external work has now been completed with efforts concentrated on the rear garden which also features a bespoke gate designed by a local artist working with input from future residents and students at Peterhead Academy who were also given hands on experience in blacksmithing.

Ground floor corridor
Gate being manufactured in artist's workshop
View of terracing in rear garden
View of the site from east (rear)

January 2011 - Internal Fit Out Continues

January saw the installation of underfloor heating completed and the laying down of all subfloors. With this accomplished, internal works could continue with a start made on internal joinery work and decoration. Room colours have been agreed with future residents and the results will be vibrant. External works on the building are nearing completion with the installation of profiled metal roofing and all flashings. With the building now well in hand, external works have concentrated on the courtyard which features some complex terracing and a curved ramp.

First floor room, 4 Threadneedle Street
Courtyard elevation
View of the site from east (rear)
View of the site from east (rear)

December 2010 - Installation of underfloor heating begun

With the first fit of all building services and the installation of plasterboard linings nearing completion works were started on the installation of underfloor heating. The system consists of a network of flexible hose through which warm water passes which is held in place by an insulation system and covering of cementitious panels. External work concentrated on installing lead roof flashings in anticipation of the completion of slater works and the fixing of timber cladding. Works continued through the festive season in anticipation of a completion date early in the New Year.

Installation of underfloor heating
Installation of underfloor heating
View of the site from east (rear)
View of the site from east (rear)

November 2010 - First fit of electrical and mechanical services nears completion

November saw works concentrating on the installation of all building services, including a sprinkler system. With all the wires and pipes in place, plasterboard and insulation could now be fixed and rooms begin to take on their final appearance. Once the plasterboard linings have been fitted , the next major intervention will see the underfloor heating system installed. At the building's exterior, repointing works continued when temperatures permitted and much of the timber cladding was applied to the courtyard elevation. Standing seam metal roofs should be installed soon and the roofing completed.

Timber cladding to the courtyard elevation
A lined out bedroom on the first floor
Plasterboard and insulation to first floor flat
View of the site from east (rear)

October 2010 - Internal Fitting Out Accelerates, Successful run of "The Hoose", and Lime Workshops Held

With the building now wind and watertight works could concentrate on the installation of electrical and mechanical services within the building with plasterboard linings soon to follow. While works on site progressed, Threadneedle Street featured prominently in the Willowbank Centre's All Stars Drama Group production of "The Hoose" which was performed at the Peterhead Community Theatre on 06 and 07 October. In anticipation of repointing works, the Trust also offered a free two day workshop on traditional lime mortars which was held on 12 and 13 October. The workshop was open to local builders and design professionals and was intended to improve masonry skills in the Peterhead area.

Participant at traditional lime workshop
Future resident Alliston at dress rehearsal
Services installation at main corridor
View of the site from east (rear)

September 2010 - Entire Building Wind and Watertight

September was an auspicious month with both buildings now completely wind and watertight. While slaters concentrated on installing roof finishes, partitions and linings were formed in the interior and works begun to install electrical and mechanical services. With the building now dry, internal works can accelerate through Autumn. Now that internal spaces have been formed, future residents Alliston, Bryan, George, and Warren took the opportunity to tour the site and examine their future rooms. Everyone was delighted with the new spaces and all are looking forward to moving in with the anticipated completion date in the New Year.

Future residents tour property
Installation of services
View of the site from east (rear)
View of the site from east (rear)

August 2010 - Roof structure completed

Following the July trades holiday, August saw works concentrated on the installation of roof trusses to the St Andrew Street properties completing this element of work. In conjunction with the roof framing the chimney between 32 and 34-36 St Andrew Street was reinstated in stonework and works to the east gable begun. As these works progressed, lining out continued in Threadneedle Streeet and the rear service corridors were framed out in timber. St Andrew Street should be wind and watertight in a few weeks time and Threadneedle Street is ready for the first fit out of mechanical and electrical services.

Entrance corridor framed out
Erecting new east gable to St Andrew St.
View of the site from east (rear)
View of the site from east (rear)

July 2010 - First floor to St Andrew Street

July saw the first floor slab of the St Andrew Street properties poured and a continuation of works to Threadneedle Street. These saw the rear corridor formed in timber framing and internal walls and partitions lined out. Slater works were begun to the street elevation in salvaged Scottish slates set in diminishing courses in the traditional manner. The site was closed for much of mid July for the trades holiday.

Salvaged slates on new roof to Threadneedle St.
Rear corridor to Threadneedle St.
View of the site from east (rear)
View of the site from east (rear)

June 2010 - Threadneedle Street wind & watertight

June saw a continuation of steelwork to the rear of St. Andrew Street with most of the steel frame at ground floor level erected. Along with the removal of harmful cement pointing, a new stone cope was provided to the north chimney at Threadneedle Street which had been replaced in brick. While these works progressed, the original timber sash and case windows, now carefully repaired were reinstated. With windows in place Threadneedle Street is now wind and watertight and ready for internal works to commence in July.

Reinstated window to Threadneedle St.
New stone cope to Threadneedle St. Chimney
Steelwork to rear of St. Andrew St.
View of the site from east (rear)

May 2010 - Steelwork & repointing

Works continued on the steel structure to the rear of St. Andrew Street while linings were installed and ground floor slabs poured to Threadneedle Street. At this stage the space of individual rooms can be fully appreciated. On the exterior of the buildings the removal of harmful cement pointing was begun in anticipation of its replacement with a suitable lime mortar. This will allow the granite walls to “breathe” properly and ensure that moisture is not trapped within their core.

Removal of pointing to the west gable of 34-36 St. Andrew Street
Bryan’s room
Alliston’s room
View of the site from east (rear)

April 2010 - First floor to St. Andrew Street begun

April saw works continued to the roof of the Threadneedle Street properties with the installation of insulation, sarking, and a weatherproof membrane. Meanwhile at St. Andrew Street works were begun in laying out the steel structure and metal decking which will support both the rear elevation and a new first floor slab.

Street elevation of Threadneedle St.
Steel decking to first floor of St. Andrew St.
Roof construction at Threadneedle St.
View of the site from east (rear)

March 2010 - Roof Structure to Threadneedle Street

Works in March concentrated on the Threadneedle Street properties with the installation of steel and concrete decking to form the first floor. With the new floor slab in place works could commence on the roof structure which saw the installation of new trusses. On the St. Andrew Street properties works continued on forming the rear partitions in blockwork. The month ended with some severe blizzards in Peterhead although works continued throughout.

First floor room in Threadneedle St.
Steel decking to first floor of Threadneedle St.
Rear elevation of Threadneedle St.
View of the site from east (rear)

February 2010 - Completion of façade to 32 St. Andrew Street

February saw the numbered façade of 32 St. Andrew Street reinstated and a start made on new partitions in blockwork set out to the rear. These works also included the underpinning of portions of the east garden wall. In the meantime, Threadneedle Street was provided with a new steel structure to its rear in anticipation of the laying of new floor decking. With the main internal partitions in place at ground floor level, the new layout of the building can now be fully appreciated.

Underpinning to the east garden wall
The façade of 32 St. Andrew St. nearing completion
Rebuilding the facade of 32 St. Andrew St.
View of the site from east (rear)

January 2010 - Internal partitions & rebuilding of 32 St. Andrew Street

With the festive season over works continued forming internal partitions in blockwork on the ground floor. Below ground drainage works were nearing completion and works begun reinstating the numbered façade of 32 St. Andrew Street.

Rebuilding the façade of 32 St. Andrew St.
Installing new drainage works below the courtyard garden
Construction of walls to rear of Threadneedle St.
View of the site from east (rear)

December 2009 - Internal partitions & rebuilding of 32 St. Andrew Street

The first few weeks of December saw ground floor partitions nearing completion in the Threadneedle Street properties and works started on the reinstatement of the numbered façade of No32 St. Andrew Street with partitions laid out and foundations poured. Towards the end of the month the site was secured for closure during the holiday break.

Laying out the walls 32 St. Andrew St.
New internal partitions to rear of properties
The façade of Threadneedle St.
View of the site from east (rear)

November 2009 - Services & foundations

November saw the bulk of stabilisation works completed. With retained elements secure, foundations were poured and works started on the erection of new internal partitions in blockwork. At the same time, below ground drainage works were begun and the ground prepared for the reinstatement of the facade of 32 St Andrew Street.

Preparations for the reinstatement of 32 St. Andrew St.
Laying of foundations at rear of Threadneedle St.
Stabilisation works completed to 34-36 St. Andrew St.
View of the site from east (rear)

October 2009 - Services & foundations

October saw stripping out works completed in all properties and the removal of all internal partitions and roofs. The concrete block rear elevation of the Threadneedle Street properties was removed and works begun to stabilise retained elements with internal walls re-pointed and rotten timber lintols replaced with new concrete elements. New foundations were begun to the rear of Threadneedle Street.

The site with scaffold and the funding banner
Excavation for new foundation to rear of Threadneedle St.
Stabilisation works to retained walls
Demolition works viewed from the rear

September 2009 - Site possession & stripping out

A.D. Walker took possession of the site on 01 September and proceeded to establish a working compound and perimeter fencing. The first works to be undertaken were the removal of all loose materials and the stripping out of all interiors. During these works hidden elements of the building’s construction came to light which were carefully recorded and incorporated in the Historic Building Report. Amongst these was an original party wall between 32 and 34-36 St Andrew Street which was formed of plastered mud and straw on a timber lattice. What remained of the façade of 32 St. Andrew Street was carefully taken down in order to allow vehicle access to the rear of the site.

Original party wall of clay and straw on a lattice of timber, 24-36 St Andrew St.
Modern internal linings removed from Threadneedle St.
Remaining facade of 32 St. Andrew Street is carefully removed for rebuilding
The main contractor erecting fencing around the site

August 2009 - Contractor appointed. Works Begun at Threadneedle Street Peterhead

The Trust’s Little Houses Improvement Scheme is pleased to announce that works have now begun on their £1.9m project at Threadneedle Street in Peterhead. After nearly five years of planning and fundraising the keys to the property and a bottle of wine were handed to the newly appointed main contractor, John Walker, of A.D. Walker Construction Ltd. by Alliston Reid and three of the future residents. This project will see a pair of dilapidated Georgian Terraces repaired and consolidated to form sheltered accommodation for people with physical and learning disabilities. The future occupants were engaged in all stages of project development and are eager to move into a state of the art facility in the heart of Peterhead which should improve the quality of their lives dramatically. Situated at a prominent gateway location, it is hoped that this project will also spearhead sensitive redevelopment in Peterhead’s historic town centre and is due to be completed in November 2010.

Future residents (l-r) Warren, Brian, George, and Alliston present keys and a bottle of wine to John Walker of A D Walker Ltd.
The future residents, representatives of some key funders, the design team, and the main contractor celebrate the commencement of work on site

September 2008 – September 2009 - Archaeological Recording

During the course of enabling works, the Trust was engaged in the detailed recording of the buildings at Threadneedle Street prior to construction works beginning on site. Detailed measured drawings of each property were prepared, a photographic survey undertaken, and samples of building materials retained. As knotweed excavations progressed, AOC Archaeology recorded historic features uncovered in the rear garden. During the course of planned demolition works by the main contractor additional recording will be conducted in order to determine how the buildings were constructed. All this information will be compiled in a Historic Building Report which provides a comprehensive record of building fabric as well as analysis of all other evidence available in order to place the buildings in their historic context.

Elevation of 34-36 St. Andrew Street
Plan of 34-36 St. Andrew Street
An archaeologist recording building interiors
Archaeology in the rear garden
Evidence of an aviation enthusiast on the walls of 34-36 St. Andrew Street
Sample of wallpaper layers in 34-36 St. Andrew Street

July 2009 - Peterhead Heritage Fair

The Trust was delighted to participate in the Peterhead Heritage Fair on Saturday 18 July. The fair was one of 12 held throughout Aberdeenshire in 2009, celebrating the culture and traditions unique to each community and encouraging individuals to take pride in their heritage.

The Trust stand featured display panels about the history of Peterhead and our site, along with information on our project. Many visitors to the Fair shared their memories of the buildings with us and we have been able to build a better picture of how they were used and who lived there during the twentieth century.

To find out more about Aberdeenshire’s Heritage Fairs click here

An archaeologist recording building interiors
Archaeology in the rear garden

July 2009 - Completion of enabling works

The laying of the specialist membrane, to prevent Japanese Knotweed re-growth, has been completed, in advance of the main contractor starting on site. The membrane has been covered in a layer of sand to prevent any damage from vehicles moving across the site during construction works.

Rear of St. Andrew Street
Rear of Threadneedle Street

Spring/Summer 2009 - Enabling works continue

Following the removal of salvageable building material from the rear garden the soil containing Japanese Knotweed rhizomes (or roots) was removed from site by a specialist contractor ready for the laying of a special membrane, to prevent the growth of further plant material. Before the membrane could be laid the trenches for services such as the drains were dug, ensuring the site was ready for the main contractor to work without the need to pierce or cut through the membrane.

Rear of St. Andrew Street as enabling works progress
Laying membrane at the rear of Threadneedle Street