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Barton Bendish village hall undergoes total renovation after it became ‘very tired’

A West Norfolk village hall is getting a massive revamp after ongoing issues included the floor starting to collapse.

Barton Bendish village hall is in the midst of building work as they spend hundreds of thousands of pounds on a total renovation, with support from a grant from the Freebridge Community Fund as well.

Chris Parsons, a trustee of the charity, said: “The village hall is really well used in this community and we suffered from a lack of capacity and also fairly poor performance of the building itself.

Barton Bendish Village Hall is being revamped. Picture: Freebridge
Barton Bendish Village Hall is being revamped. Picture: Freebridge

“There was no insulation, the heating caused a lot of problems, the floor itself started to collapse. It was getting very tired.”

Mr Parsons is an architect and designed the extension following a public consultation in which 100 per cent of respondents said they were in favour of work being carried out.



The trustee added: “People really wanted to keep the character of the existing building so we reused a lot of the original materials. We showed them two schemes – contemporary and traditional and the traditional option was chosen.”

The biggest change has been an extension to the side of the building which, as well as increasing the size of the hall, has also made the kitchen bigger. Improvements have been made to the disabled access as well.

Mr Parsons continued: “This is a very rural community and there are a lot of problems associated with rural isolation and loneliness – cultural isolation and social isolation in particular. And the trustees feel that the hall should be something that could help with these issues.

“There are lots of events that have used the hall in the past and we needed to ensure that those could continue, and if we could, offer

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Dermot Bannon opens up about money woes following home renovation



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Dermot Bannon has opened up about ‘running out of money’ following extensive renovations to his family home last year.

Our favourite architect welcomed the Room to Improve cameras into his home to showcase his own stunning house transformation.

Due to the current global circumstances, Room to Improve sadly will not return to our screens this year.



a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Dermot Bannon has opened up about running out of money after his home renovations. Pic: Sasko Lazarov/ Photocall Ireland


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However, Dermot Bannon fans will still be able to get their fix as the architect returns with a new series of Incredible Homes this weekend.

Dermot has now revealed that he is dying to get back to work as he has run out of money following his home renovations.

He told the RTE Guide that seeing his unfinished garden gave him the push he needed to get back in action.



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Dermot revealed that his unfinished garden and lack of funds gave him the push to go back to work. Pic: RTE

He explained: ‘I think I was getting a little bit worn out from it all and lockdown just gave me the kick up the backside so I’m looking forward to it this year.

‘I had time to sit and enjoy [the house] and it was great during the summer, the garden was amazing.

‘We had no money left, so we didn’t get any of the other planned features in the garden done. That’s why I need to go back to work.’



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Dermot admitted he loved being in his new home during the nationwide lockdown. Pic: RTE

Dermot Bannon also revealed that the lockdown was a blessing as he got to spend time in this new home with his

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Kitchen ripe for renovation? Take heed of these kitchen trends for 2020, featuring statement stone, accent colours and new ways to use glorious wood.



a kitchen with a sink and a mirror: Modern kitchen design ideas for 2020 and beyond. Inspiration for making a stylish statement, including the kitchen trends to know now, from marble islands to reclaimed materials.


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Modern kitchen design ideas for 2020 and beyond. Inspiration for making a stylish statement, including the kitchen trends to know now, from marble islands to reclaimed materials.

Kitchen ripe for renovation? Take heed of these inventive ideas that use statement stone, accent colours and glorious wood, showcased in a host of creative guises. Inspiration starts here…

PAVE THE WAY

A floor treatment that’s more commonly seen in exterior spaces, crazy paving is the latest eye-catching surface to be reclaimed by interior designers and architects, and not only for its practical, hard-wearing properties. In this project by Studio Esteta, irregularly shaped slabs of slate inject subtle texture and movement – the perfect foil to the smooth swathes of oak and polished blue-grey stone above it – and lead the eye from the monolithic island to the matching marble-wrapped nook on the rear wall. studioesteta.com.au



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kitchen design ideas marble island and crazy paving slate floor

ON THE GRID

From metro-style to mosaics, tiles are an eternal favourite in the kitchen for obvious reasons. The most current shape and size for making a statement is the unassuming rectangle, but take heed of the all-important rule; for impact and loftier-looking ceilings, vertical orientation is a must. There’s no limit to the creativity that can be conjured from these brick-like blocks. Multidisciplinary studio H+O’s Mondrian-esque scheme applies them to walls, floor and built-in sideboard, creating a precise, graphic look. hpluso.design



graphic metro tiled kitchen by Studio H+O


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graphic metro tiled kitchen by Studio H+O

CENTRE POINT

To treat a kitchen island as a simple extension of an existing scheme is to lose out on its transformative potential. Try mixing materials, introducing curves and sacrificing some of the storage below for a bold, sculptural structure.



a room with a wood floor: Custom bar in Paonazzo marble with walnut cabinetry, price on application, Studio 34 South; for similar tap, try ‘Purist’ by Kohler in ‘Matt Black’, £887, Tap Warehouse; ‘Cherner Bar Stool’ in ‘Classic Walnut’, £871, Aram Store


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Custom bar in Paonazzo marble with

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Bids go out for ‘STEAM Hut’ renovation at Albertville Intermediate School

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Bids are now out for companies to renovate the former ‘Scout Hut’ into a ‘STEAM Hut’ where Albertville Intermediate School fifth and sixth graders will learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM).

“Obviously, we live in a world today where Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math is the future so we want to give our students every opportunity that they can have to kind of foster those desires early in their ages,” said principal Robert Sims.

The school already has a STEM bus.

“In the STEM bus, we have lab disks. We have Z spaces. We have virtual reality goggles,” said Sims.

Sims said the ‘STEAM Hut’ will add even more space and curriculums for students.

“When kids are engaged, they learn more and adding the music and adding the theater and adding the projects along with the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math hopefully that kind of connects to a different part of the brain, so we can possibly reach students who learn in different ways,” explained Sims.

The ‘STEAM Hut’ is a sentimental project for the veteran principal.

“Back in the early 80s I was a student here, back then it was Evans Elementary School, and I was a scout here in the old ‘Scout Hut’. I have a lot of memories here as a student. We always referred to it as the ‘Scout Hut’, so just kind of keeping that name and going with the ‘STEAM Hut”, we’re excited to be able to use the building and have students  enjoy it like I did when I was a student,” said Sims.

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Bowman Gray renovation in Winston-Salem takes step forward | Politics

In addition to the approximately $8 million in construction costs, the project includes $710,000 in design costs $237,400 in contingency and $129,000 in other project costs.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has put a crimp in a lot of business activities, it is actually making it easier for the city to proceed with renovations at a time the stadium is not being used.

Rowe said Blum is prepared to start mobilizing for construction as early as November with work on the restrooms and concession stands. Work on the football field would be going on in the spring, and the entire renovation could be finished by early 2022, in advance of the 2022 NASCAR racing season.

In other action, the city Finance Committee recommended that the council award a contract to Garanco., Inc. for the first phase of improvements at Long Creek Park, which the city bought in 2017 with the help of The Conservation Fund.

The property is the former Long Creek Golf Course off Bethania-Tobaccoville Road.

Garanco, a company based in Mount Airy, is doing the project at a cost of $1.5 million. The project is being paid for from the 2018 bonds approved by voters in a referendum.

The improvements planned for the first phase include a market shelter, a pool bathhouse with an expanded concrete pool deck, concrete walks, fencing, stairs and other improvements including a 91-space parking lot and repaving of the existing access drive.

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