Knowl Park House – Build update August 2023 

Here’s the latest from our new dementia day care build in Mirfield. 

What’s been happening? 

We’ll start with the flat roof where contractors have now completed most of the installation with the rooflights and parapets left to do. 

Work on the pitched roof is continuing, the photovoltaic (PV) panels are installed and 50% of the rooflights are in place.  Photovoltaic panels (also known as solar electricity panels) capture the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity that will be used in the building. 

PV panels on the roof

Stonework is progressing well and the scaffolding has been stripped down along the west elevation of the building. 

External stone wall

Stepping inside and work on the internal walls and the ‘first fix’ mechanical and electrical installation is underway.  First fix is all the items that are installed before the plastering takes place, so the drainage, pipes and wiring that won’t be visible once the building is complete.  This makes everything nice and tidy! 

Internal work

Next up… 

There are a few things coming up including the screeding of the floors inside the building. This is a thin layer of material that is laid across the existing concrete subfloor to create a level surface. This will then be covered by the final floor finish. 

All the outstanding roof work will be completed and once the stonework is complete the scaffolding around the building will be removed marking a milestone in the build.  

Work will be starting on the cladding around the new building.  Cladding is an outer layer of material that is used to improve the appearance, thermal insulation and the weather resistance of a building.  This will keep our staff and service users nice and warm during the winter months. 

Work will continue on the internal fit out of the building. 

Schools engagement 

There will be more opportunities for schools and colleges to visit our site once the school term starts in September as Tilbury Douglas continue to raise awareness of careers in construction. 

Mental Health Support  

Contractors been working with local charity Rugby League Cares who are putting together a mental health support scheme ‘Offload’, which will be delivered initially as a series of awareness talks to construction workers on site. 

Looking after mental health is something Tilbury Douglas take very seriously. They have trained mental health first aiders working with initiatives such as the ‘Offload’ scheme to make sure everyone working on site has someone to talk to. 

Read the previous Knowl Park House build – update July 2023