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MEMBERS TALK ON THURSDAY 19th MARCH CANCELLED

We have decided that in the interests of the health and safety of our members, speaker and staff to cancel the talk at the Dome this Thursday.

We hope to rearrange it later this year.

We will post updates on future events here and on our Facebook page.

BCA Response to Future High Street Proposals

As you are aware BCA are members of the Buxton Visitor Economy Strategy Board. Before Dai Larner left, he asked this Board to act as the Steering Group for the two High Street Regeneration Grants that HPBC have submitted for Buxton. Council Officers appointed consultants to draw up a proposed scheme for the Future High Street Fund bid. Sadly, we do not feel that we have been given the chance to adequately fulfil this steering role. We are very aware of the narrow constraints of the grant scheme, including the short time scale.

As you know this scheme has been out to public consultation over the last couple of weeks, and some BCA members attended a meeting last Wednesday and went through a number of concerns that BCA had with the scheme along with proposed changes to the scheme. (See link below)

We along with other groups in the town are very keen to see improvements to this crucial part of the town but have serious concerns about the scheme being promoted by the consultants. Opportunities such as this grant do not arise often and it is crucial that we get this submission right for the town.

BCA along with other organisations have managed to mobilise in a very short period of time and have held special meetings of our memberships to consider our responses to the scheme. As a result, each of us has submitted detailed responses and proposals to the council.

BCA's response can be found by clicking on the link below, along with a press release that we sent to the Advertiser last week.

Many thanks to all those members who attended the meeting and or sent in responses to the council. We will update the website with further news in due course.




BCA Response to Proposed Future High Street Application

High Peak Borough Council Future High Street Fund Application

BCA to sponsor En Plein Air Competition

Buxton Spa Prize have organised an 'en plein air' competition for artists of all ages using any medium apart from photography.

Buxton Civic Association are sponsoring the first prize of £500.

HOW TO ENTER?

To Register come along to The Pump Room, Buxton Crescent to register on Saturday 28th September 2019 between 9.30am and 11.30am.

Then go and create your work of art by anywhere in and around the town.

Return with your finished piece to the Old Clubhouse by 3pm.

Exhibition Preview & Prize Giving from 5pm.

Artists are invited to exhibit and sell their work the next day.

1 Day Exhibition - Sunday 29th September 2019 - Noon to 6pm.

HOW BCA MEMBERS CAN GET INVOLVED?

Enter the competition and produce a work of art, see details above

Volunteer to help out on the day with registration and helping with the exhibition, contact Simon Fussell at

communications@buxtoncivicassociation.org.uk

MEMBERS MAY TALK – THE LOTUS FLOWER TOWER with MARTIN WRAGG

Martin Wragg will talk about one of the most challenging rock climbs in the world

Martin will talk about a journey to the legendary Cirque of the Unclimables in the remote Logan Mountains at the northern end of the Rockies in Canada's North West Territories to attempt one of the greatest rock climbs in the world guarded by legions of dangerous beasts and the approach from hell.

As usual the talk will be at Poole's Cavern Visitor Centre starting at 7.30pm. Members and friends are welcome and the event is free.

Newsletter Summer 2018

Read our NEW LOOK Summer 2018 Newsletter online

We are launching our new look Newsletter online, though of course members will still receive a printed version in the post over the next few days.

BCA member Bob Bohme has been working with Newsletter Editor Alyson Phillips to create an exciting newsletter to help explain and promote BCA and its values.

Alyson commentated "It is really exciting to have Bob's creativity and skill to help create a brand new look to the newsletter. We hope you enjoy it and we are already working on the next edition. We welcome contributions and suggestions and please let us know what you think about the new look."

Events Post

The BCA Annual events listing covers a range of activities including family friendly events, socials, talks, presentations, performances, music and art installations. Join to gain full membership access to all BCA events

Please note that all events start at 7.30pm and are held at Poole's Cavern Visitor Centre, unless stated otherwise.


Members February Talk

Restoring the Crescent - a life time of challenges

The New Kings Cross Station, the Stade de France or building and running national motorways on the continent, is one thing, but the crescent restoration project provides a life time of engineering and building challenges for Cary Hadfield, Senior Project Manager and his team from Vinci Construction.

Vinci construction is well placed to carry out the complex and challenging work that the crescent poses. As well Motorways, Hotel complexes and other major civic engineering projects, they were the main contractors in the scheme to put a roof over the shell of the Chernobyl complex. This required positioning the cover remotely and working in difficult and dangerous conditions.
Speaking to a packed Poole’s Cavern visitors centre, Cary gave BCA members a fascinating and at times a humorous insight into the progress that has been made so far and his personal journey on the crescent project.

As Cary demonstrated working on the crescent is a bit of a leap into the unknown. The enabling works carried out in 2012 were a major civil engineering project, that required the building of a concrete basement complex, positioned over the springs that provide Nestle with Buxton Spring water. It was scheduled to take 26 weeks but in the end as problems were encountered and solved it was 52 weeks before the works were complete and the Main Contract works could be tendered.
The crescent was built over 200 years ago, at a cost of £38,601, taking eight years to complete, and it has seen numerous attempts to shore up the original work over the years. It is often these previous renovations that pose greater problems than the original building works. Rotten timber structures, incomplete fireplaces all add to the difficulties of working in a Grade 1 listed building and having to adhere to strict conservation guidelines. It all contributes to the project budget of £35 million.

Interestingly conservationists are generally more interested in ensuring that the building and decorating techniques of the past are preserved where ever possible to enable future generations to understand how the building was constructed, rather than individual items that are discovered.
The sensitive nature of the building and the complex of rooms and passages often mean that modern techniques and equipment cannot be used. It is back to the old ways, with no choice but for the team to physically dig out cellars and barrow the waste away. This is physically demanding work, often undertaken in difficult conditions, including the steamy heat when working close to the springs. If the original architect, John Carr was to wander in, he would recognise many of the techniques that were being used.

So far 500 tradesmen and construction workers have been involved in the works and Cary expects that it will be closer to 3,000 by the end of the contract. He paid tribute to the team, who as well as working in often difficult conditions, including many local tradesmen, have shown great resourcefulness and skill in overcoming the challenges thrown up so far.
There were many questions from the floor. Often demonstrating an intimate knowledge of the building, these were answered fully and with attention to detail, often with humour.
The nature of the building mean that there have been unforeseen problems that inevitably cause delays, but almost a year since the restoration work began, Cary and his team believe that they have uncovered the major unseen’s.

He has offered to comeback in the summer of 2018 to give a final report on Vinci’s part in this historic project.