New windows, doors and insulation as part of phased enhancements
Although delayed by the Coronavirus pandemic new double-glazed windows and doors are being fitted throughout the main hall building. A new external staircase to / from the upper hall is also part of the project.
The hall was originally opened in August 1997 and so the previous fittings had served for almost exactly 25 years.
The opportunity is being taken to check the adequacy of insulation in the cavity walls and behind the cladding – and to improve where necessary.
Funding for these significant improvements, which should help to reduce energy use in the heating system, had been obtained from a range of sources and it is hoped that more grants can be obtained in the future to enable further phases of work.
Consideration is being given to improved roof insulation, installing solar panels with battery storage, electric vehicle charging points, motion activated lighting and motion sensor taps for improved water efficiency, too.
At present no changes are being made to the adjacent Changing Rooms building until potential future uses are clarified: see here: https://www.buriton.info/news/changing-rooms-recreation-ground