Dambusters Inn Scampton

The Home of Greg’s Brewery

23, High Street, Scampton, Lincolnshire, LN1 2SD — Telephone: 01522 731333

INN FRONT and Carrying On in 2021

A Record of Progress during the Construction of an Improvement to the Dambusters Inn (2021)

Planning Permission for the construction work to begin was received on Wednesday 20 January 2021.

We shall record progress on this page as the work proceeds.

The Landlord, Greg Algar, decided in early 2018 that he wanted to enhance the facade of the Dambusters Inn with a suitable structure to provide weather cover and increased seating capacity.

The inital ambition was to substantially 'upgrade' the existing timber-built terraced area. The design process was not a hurried one and the early ideas and suggestions milled around eventually leading to the view that a structure making a bolder physical statement might be developed.

It was.

Steve Hanks of 'Flare Visual Architecture' has designed an extension to the building that will extend forwards from the existing facade of the Pub. The existing exterior terrace (of timber construction) will be removed and the extension — the 'additional room' — will be built in its place.

The space will provide much needed additional accommodation for dining as well as hosting for small-scale events.

Joe Winter and his team at Joe Winter Building Services Ltd will build it.

The same team completed a major and extensive reconfiguation of the upper structure of the Pub in 2019. This work provided a long overdue restructuring and upgrade to the living accommodation at first–floor level and above.

Well, here we go, then!
. . . and we extend our very best wishes for good weather and good fortune to all the talented people who are going to make it happen.

Wednesday — Steady Progress (with the weather holding)

15:31 Wednesday 03 March 2021 – Dry weather

The natural stone outer leaf approaching completion.

Ext.Day. Pub. The outer leaf almost complete. Ext.Day. Pub. The outer leaf almost complete. Ext.Day. Pub. The outer leaf almost complete. Ext.Day. Pub. The outer leaf almost complete. Ext.Day. Pub. The outer leaf almost complete. Ext.Day. Pub. The outer leaf almost complete.


Tuesday — Natural Stone Appears Around the Corner.

15:48 Tuesday 02 March 2021 – Dry weather

An existing window has been removed and the opening closed up. The stairs leading to the flat roof over the new room will be constructed over it.

The natural stone outer leaf is being built and insulation material is installed as a part of the process.

Ext. Day. Pub. An existing window now blocked. The stairway to be built over it. .

Ext. Day. Pub. Stone walling with window opening, on the East corner.

Ext. Day. Pub. Stone walling with window opening, on the East elevation.

Ext. Day. Pub. Close view of the opening for the East window.


Monday — The Interior Walls Rise Up

15:35 Monday 01 March 2021 – Dry weather

Ext. Day. Pub. High–angle view of the well-advanced blockwork

Ext. Day. Pub. The interior block walls nearing completion.

Ext. Day. Pub. The interior block walls nearing completion.

Ext. Day. Pub. Wide view, East side, interior walls almost completed.

Ext. Day. Pub. Two courses of natural stone walling – final brushing down.

Ext. Day. Pub. East corner, two courses of natural stone walling.

Ext. Day. Pub. East interior wall block–work almost completed.

A lot has happened since yesterday.
Amazing.


Sunday — Lunch On Site

15:56 Sunday 28 February 2021 – Dry weather

Mr Greg Algar (left) and Mr Steve Plews discussing the Project over Sunday Lunch

Ext.Day. Pub. Greg Algar and Steve Plews discussing the project, both seated at a table on site

Ext.Day. Pub. Greg Algar discussing the project, seated at a table on site, Ext.Day. Pub. Steve Plews discussing the project, seated at a table on site,


Friday — The Natural Stone Walling is Delivered

15:34 Friday 26 February 2021 – Dry weather

The natural building stone — carefully sized and stacked on timber pallets.

Ext.Day. Pub. Still on the delivery pallets, Natural Stone for the walls. Ext.Day. Pub. Still on the delivery pallets, Natural Stone for the walls. Ext.Day. Pub. Still on the delivery pallets, Natural Stone for the walls. Ext.Day. Pub. Still on the delivery pallets, Natural Stone for the walls. Ext.Day. Pub. Still on the delivery pallets, Natural Stone for the walls. Ext.Day. Pub. Still on the delivery pallets, Natural Stone for the walls.


Thursday — Some Materials Arrived This Morning (Blocks)

14:56 Thursday 25 February 2021 – Dry weather

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The window on the extreme left has been removed — the opening temporarily covered — and seven columns of blocks, neatly stacked, stand ready and waiting.


Tuesday — The Concrete Base ‘Poured’ Today

14:34 Tuesday 23 February 2021 – Dry weather

Ext.Day. Pub. Concrete pouring from the mixer onto the prepared base.

Ext.Day. Pub. A wide view of the poured and levelled concrete base. Ext.Day. Pub. A wide view of the poured and levelled concrete base. Ext.Day. Pub. A wide view of the poured and levelled concrete base. Ext.Day. Pub. A wide view of the poured and levelled concrete base. Ext.Day. Pub. A reflection of the building in the wet concrete

A reflective moment.


Monday — Installing Floor Insulation

14:07 Monday 22 February 2021 – Dry weather

TOP ROW PICTURES: The crushed limestone levelled and compacted and the lorry ready with the floor insulation.

MIDDLE ROW PICTURES: Laying the floor insulation and carefully cutting it to achieve an exact fit

LOWER ROW PICTURE: Trimming a final section of insulation to fit along the existing wall of the Pub and the first strip of damp proof membrane has just been rolled out ready for laying.

Ext.Day. Pub. High–angle shot of the compacted, crushed limestone. Ext.Day. Pub. Wide shot showing a parked lorry loaded with floor insulation. Ext.Day. Pub. The compacted, crushed limestone and floor insulation being laid over it. Ext.Day. Pub. Floor insulation being hand–sawn and cut to size Ext.Day. Pub. A narrow section of floor insulation is being trimmed to complete the installation and the first strip of damp proof membrane has been rolled out.

We anticipate that on Tuesday, 23 February, concrete to form the floor will be mixed and poured here, so obscuring all that carefully crafted preparatory work.


Saturday — the weekend off. (We’ll be Back to the Front on Monday next.)

14:55 Saturday 20 February 2021 – Dry weather on a ‘rest day’ and all is quiet on the building site.

UPPER–LEFT PICTURE: Sample stone walling illustrating how the exterior walls will be built.

UPPER–RIGHT and LOWER–LEFT PICTURES: Damp Proof Membrane rolled out onto the walls and weighted down with bricks. The heaped, crushed limestone for the foundation ready to apply.

LOWER–RIGHT PICTURE: A general view showing the crushed limestone heaped ready at the front of the site.

Ext.Day. Pub. A small section of stone walling as sample for the finished building. Ext.Day. Pub. Damp Proof Membrane rolled out onto the wall and, temporarily, anchored with bricks. Ext.Day. Pub. Damp Proof Membrane rolled out onto the wall and, temporarily, anchored with bricks. Ext.Day. Pub. A wide-angle general view on a rest day.


At the Point of Pointing the First–Laid Bricks (and blocks)

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14:03 Friday 19 February 2021 – Dry weather and the first three courses of brick beautifully laid and pointed.


Exterior. Day. Pub with digging machine at work - and sample stonework. Exterior. Day. Pub with digging machine at work - closer shot. Exterior. Day. Pub with digging machine at work.

Three Pictures in a Row

14:35 Wednesday 17 February 2021 – Ground work.

Also, some 'Sample Wall' just laid.


Exterior. Day. Pub. Trench for fill foundation.

Hosing down the concrete mixer.

Preparing Trench fill foundation.

Wednesday 17 February 2021

Viewed from the Pub looking towards the road.

Cleaning down the concrete mixer.


Exterior. Day. Pub facade with decking removed

Down to Earth

13:53 Monday 15 February 2021 – With the area mostly cleared.

The decking has been removed and stored off–site where it will be de–nailed, de–screwed and given a good old, ‘Wash and Brush–Up’.

Greg Algar (the Pub landlord) thinks that he may be able to rescue some of his Hop Plants from their erstwhile home in that ridge of soil.

Once refurbished, the decking is to be reutilised in the garden to the rear of the Pub.


decking half removed

A Floor Fondly Remembered

15:42 Sunday 07 February 2021 – The lifting of the decking proceeds.

A Floor that has served us well and supported many happy people on so many happy occasions

Visitors may recall the hops that once flourished in that bank of soil that runs along the front of the decking area.


Ext.Day. The one-metre-square wood frame into which the stone wall sample will be built.

A Sample Panel of the Wall

12:58 Friday 05 February 2021 – This is interesting. One of the tasks in this project is described in Item 4. of the Planning Permission.

A Sample Section of what will be the exterior wall of the building will be built within the wood frame shown in the picture, so that we’ll be given an ‘illustration’ of how, when built, the new wall will look. Good, eh?

EXTRACT FROM THE PLANNING PERMISSION —
4. No development, other than to foundations level, shall take [place] until a 1m square sample panel of the proposed new stone work, showing the coursing of the stonework, colour, style and texture of the mortar and bond of the stonework have been provided on site for the inspection and approval in writing by the Local Planning Authority (the sample is to be retained on site until the new development is completed). The development shall thereafter be constructed in accordance with the approved details.”


Ext.Day. The Dismantling of the existing timber terrace continuing.

The Decking is Going

15:57 Thursday 04 February 2021 – Viewed looking towards the road from an upper–floor window. The top layer of decking was removed today.


Ext.Day. The Dismantling of the existing timber terrace has begun.

A First Step

14:03 Wednesday 03 February 2021 – A single-handed start today on the task of dismantling the timber-built terrace. The anticipated start on Monday last had to be postponed.


Exterior. Winter. Day. The facade of the pub at 13:42 31 January 2021

Tomorrow We Begin

13:42 Sunday 31 January 2021 – This morning, Greg and Steve removed the furniture from the existing timber terrace and stacked it all over to the right–hand side of the car. On Monday, 01 February 2021, work will begin to remove the timber terrace so that the building process can commence.

Currently, the Pub is closed due to the Coronavirus (COVID–19) National lockdown guidance.