October 2019

Welcome to update 3!  Thanks to CorraMore for the site reporting and to Anja for the images.  
Rain and strong winds remained a familiar theme for most of September and the beginning of October.  Adjustments to floor level and the archaeological excavation work resulted in a modification to the substructure and sub-floor design. This needed quick action on drawing approvals, building control and instructions.   Tremendous effort on all parts ensured that the necessary checks and adjustments to ventilation, drainage and fill were quickly turned around, without impact to the build programme.

Pre-cast concrete slabs arrived on site and were installed.  Sequencing of the layout was key, with temporarily-installed slabs acting as platforms to allow reach for filling the solum spaces.  Work on the construction of this soleplate continues ahead of the imminent steelwork arrival.  As well as this, lots of earth and aggregate was moved and the proposed car parking spaces adjacent to the hall were carved out.  

We received a brief interim report on the progress of the archaeological findings from Dr Clare Ellis of Argyll Archaeology.  Early indications are that the ditch and findings are in line with the discoveries made at Iona Primary School during the construction of the early years extension in 2016.  There is more information regarding those findings here and we expect the full report in June 2020.

Once again, the whole team have also been working tirelessly off-site - drawing and specification updates, valuations and communicating with subcontractors on everything from windows & doors, ironmongery, to glazing and sedum roofing. 

We were absolutely delighted with the success of Bec & Isla's #500MilesOnIona challenge, which raised over £5,400! Islanders of all ages joined them on their final mile walk, on the last day of September. departing from the pier and heading along the shore road and up round the four-roads to finish at the site of the new village hall.  Others waved from gates and windows as they passed, and there was even celebratory bubbles provided at the gate of Tigh Gorm! 

You can see their amazing highlights reel here

Fundraising target is now below the £40k mark, and we are working really hard to secure those last £'s.  
Thank you all for your ongoing support!
Main Funders
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