Site foreman issues the Somerset Pavilion Challenge!
Work on the new Somerset Pavilion is on time and everyday visitors to the ground can see for themselves just how much the building developing.
Certainly Sean Johnson, the site foreman for Chard based R.G.Spiller, the main contractors, is happy with the way that the new build is progressing.
“Things are coming along well and we are now filling in the spaces with things like the windows and doors going in. The mechanical boys have so far piped 85% of what we need for the domestic things like lights and the heating which starts to give the building the things it needs to make it work.
“The cladding for the media box has been put in place and the blockwork has been finished . The media centre roof just needs it’s guttering filled in and then we are down to the plant room. Inside we have got the door and the window frames going in with a view to the glass starting on Wednesday.”
How had those working on site coped with cricket being played? “Before they started working here I would have said that 50% of the boys liked cricket and the rest didn’t, but since the season began its surprising how many of the “don’t’s” now enjoy watching it. They have even started to follow the results away from home so Somerset have got a new set of fans from the boys on the site.”
With the NatWest T20 Blast season now underway Sean said: “I think that the toughened glass on the front of the Somerset Pavilion will be tested especially with all the big hitters we have got in the team.”
The site foreman also reckoned that the new building would present to batsmen with a new challenge. “I think that the players will be trying to hit the ball over the new building,” he said. “So this will be a target to challenge the boys. It’s the right position but I think you will find it surprising just how high it is because you have got to clear the canopy roof. I’d say its 24 metres off the deck, so you are going to have to get the arc of the shot just right to clear it and its going to have to have a fair old beef of a shot behind it.”
Sean added: “All in all though I’m still quietly confident that the building will be completed on time.”