We’re two more weeks into our new build now and progress so far has been amazing with all the ground works pretty much completed. We can barely take our eyes off it because we can see changes every day.
Week 2 – 1st February 2016
Week two saw the massive excavations extended and the foundations completely dug out for the visitors’ centre, giving us the chance to see its lay-out for the first time.
The indoor arena – where our old mounting up paddock used to be – was dug out, the area levelled and the stone sub-base for the arena floor laid and rolled.
Week 3 – 8th February 2016
Week three brought another big step forward as the first of the concrete lorries came trundling down the drive.
The holes that will take the steel frame of the arena were dug out and the holding down bolts were cast in readiness for the structural steelwork to be lifted into place.
Now we can clearly see the floor plan and picture how big it will be when it is finished. I’ve been pacing it out on an imaginary horse! And the girls and I can already visualise ourselves riding in there.
The visitors’ centre lay-out is now quite clear – you can probably all see it as you drive down to the car park – with the concrete foundations all finished. Now it’s all ready now for the brickwork to start and that will happen this week.
That will be great to see because then it will really be taking shape and I think the rate of progress will speed up as the walls go up. The next big moment to look forward to is the arrival of the steel.
It does feel as if we are living in the middle of a building site but it’s all going to be worth it in the end.
From the trekking centre’s point of view, everything seems to be going great. Riding out from the field behind the car park hasn’t caused any problems and the horses are taking everything in their stride.
Having heavy machinery rumbling round their home doesn’t worry them at all. And although we’re a little short of room on the yard on busy days, they are more than happy to share stable space and double up with their pals.