The Surveyor’s Story

Today there’s a chance to find out how one of our team of People’s Cathedral apprentices is doing. Bradley Smith – apprentice Surveyor for Buxton Building Contractors, the main contractor on the Guildford Cathedral Project – talks about his first visit to the building.

Thursday 15th September marked my first visit to Guildford Cathedral. I don’t think I have ever seen so much scaffolding in an indoor space!

The scaffold helps access all of the wall area in the Nave, the North and South Aisles’ and the other main areas. It also allows Keltbray, the asbestos management firm, to complete the main works of removing the asbestos to all affected areas.

We work hard to keep the Cathedral in a condition which allows the day-to-day running of this place of worship to continue, and lets visitors walk around in designated areas and see the works going on.

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This means that the scaffolding is constantly being put up in various areas, and explains a stockpile of scaffolding components which sit at the front of the Cathedral. This takes careful organisation and project management.

After finishing the second coat in the South Ambulatory, our decorators, Masterdec, painted the Sanctuary and along the South Aisle.

I went and had a look up on the top level of scaffold and it’s a lot higher than it appears from the safety of the Cathedral floor.

By Friday, Masterdec had their ‘Cherry Picker’ – or Mobile Elevating Work Platform – set up to enable them to apply the second or third coat of paint the ceiling.

Plastering the Chapter House ceiling continues. The room is decked in board at present  to create a platform for the plasters to ensure they do an excellent job.  Plasterers and painters will also be in the Baptistery in due course, applying bonding to the ceiling. This provides a surface to attach plaster securely to.

We look forward to seeing you at the Cathedral soon!

The Buxton Team @ the Cathedral.