Visit to former Boots Store

On May 27th 2009, supervised by Rtn Mike Bridgeford, 25 Rotary Members and partners arrived at 09:30 to be fitted with hard-hats.  We were shown around this near-complete development of street-level commercial units and eight first and second-floor apartments. 

It has been a complicated project, lasting over 2 years because of the conflicting requirements of modern-day planning regulations in an ancient, listed building (on Roman foundations and cellars) plus the difficulty of accessing a site in the centre of the City.  The internal floors needed supporting and sometimes re-positioning, while the roof had to be supported all the while.


Visitors assemble in Pret à Manger to hear orientation talk

There were numerous fine examples of medieval timbers, some of whose painted surfaces needed very careful and painstaking conservation, a few square centimetres at a time.  The eight new apartments were of unusual shapes, since they had to be created above the commercial units and under a complicated medieval roof.  Conservation rules do not allow their windows to be double-glazed.


Hard hats on to visit the building site

Some of the apartments will have balconies with stunning views of the Cathedral.  All have access to a first-floor patio area.

Our thanks go to Coombs, Mike Bridgeford, Assistant Site Manager Matt Smith and Surveyor Martin Silk for giving us an interesting and informative Vocational Service visit.


Thursday 1st January 1970

Published by: The Rotary Club of Canterbury

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