The Tin Shed Rises Again

Brian Screaton and Tom Chaplin report on the completion of the renovation of the old Tin Shed at Quorn & Woodhouse

Tin Shed - Brian ScreatonAs part of the Biffa Award-funded works at Quorn & Woodhouse the Tin Shed has been fully renovated, the work having been virtually completed in the last few days. A few months ago the Tin Shed was in a sorry state, suffering from structural movement, collapse of brick walls, rot in the timber frame, numerous leaks, and a corrugated iron covering which, whilst picturesque, had certainly seen better days. Latterly the structure had to be held together by scaffolding.

Once cleared of its contents by Graham Bannister and his gang, work began to dismantle the Shed, and all materials which could possibly be re-used were set aside. The dwarf brick walls were then rebuilt on proper foundations, using the original bricks, and the timber frame was rebuilt, again using as many of the original timbers as possible. The walls and roof were then re-clad with corrugated steel, which has a black finish externally. A new floor was laid, and new doors constructed. The original side loading doors to the west side have been retained. Power and lighting, as well as a water supply, have also been installed.

The Shed is now ready to serve a variety of useful functions in the future – the only outstanding items are the installation of a sink, once a suitable one has been sourced, and the laying of a paved area outside the doors. Our thanks must go to R J Webster Ltd and Gary Taylor Electrical Ltd for their excellent work on this renovation, and, of course, to Biffa Award for providing the funding.

We shall move on shortly to the construction of a timber platform between the Goods Shed and the siding, which will incorporate a replica Cattle Dock. Finally, coal staithes will be built near to the Tin Shed, and this will conclude the work which Biffa Award are supporting.

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