We viewed Holroyds Mill in June 2014 - it was the perfect size, layout and location
Several meetings later, architect plans, planning applications; contractor, financing and accountant meetings ... we are almost there! Contractors begin work on Tuesday 7th April 2015 ... our little boy's 4th birthday, so we are hoping this brings good luck and we can open on time, all being well, on 23rd May 2015.
Play structure design - this will replace the mezzanine and will run against the back wall to allow for maximum supervision.
Week 1 (7th-10th April 2015) - Can't believe how much has been in done in 4 days. The removal of the mezzanine has exposed all of the beautiful arched windows (can't find the pic of those! Will add next time). It has created a fantastic, light space for the play area. South facing too.
Week 2 (13th-17th April 2015)- The columns, and old paint from above the arched windows, have been sand blasted; all the joinery for the new walls and disabled toilet is complete, any old wiring and plumbing removed and much much more. We met with the architect and building contractor to discuss finishes and colours on Friday so that was one of the highlights in and amongst the list of jobs that still need completing. We have also met some great job applicants thanks to people liking and sharing our page on Facebook.
Week 3 (20th-24th April 2015) Major re-wire continues, walls boarded out and painting of the windows and metal bars. The biggest transformation this week is the outside of the building after sand blasting. It looks really fantastic. Banners have also gone up so that you can see where we are located as you drive up Old Lane.
Week 4 (27th April - 1st May 2015) Access ramp in progress, new walls insulated and boarded, lighting in and carpet delivered. The highlight of this week was taking delivery of the postcard sized party invitations ... they are fab.
Week 5 (4th May - 8th May 2015) What a week ... see the progress on the pics. Thrilled with our beautiful counter, kindly made by Eureka Display Ltd in Wakefield.
Week 6 (11th May - 15th May 2015) 15th was the project end date and we are speechless with how everything is taking shape. There is a slight delay on some of the works but all will be complete by Thursday in time for opening on Saturday 23rd. House of Play have installed the play equipment this week and it looks fantastic; carpet and hard flooring is down, decorating almost complete, kitchen fitted, car park cleared and so much more. It is better than we ever imagined. Friends visiting tell me it is bigger than it looks on the pictures.. see what you think when you visit.
Week 7 (18th May - 22nd May 2015) The final week! Not all completed by Thursday as planned... contractors were in at 7am on the 23rd (our opening day) and still a few things to finish off but we are thrilled with everything they have done given the timescale. We've had some lovely little people come and visit us already and can't wait to see many more new faces.