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Postby ST » Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:49 am

Carl Arnfield wrote:i think this will be a great park,

it might even stop the "Cloth Touchers" from coming to lanc's!!!!!

well we can hope



yeah but the traffic will be going east now from Lancs :shock: :lol: 8)

nice one arry...good work fellah :wink: :arrow:
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Postby thegedman » Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:59 pm

Hi All

just to keep you upto speed with events and the deadlines!
I have held a site meeting today and the target date of early november is still a reality (weather permitting that is!)
Although it looks, as Harry has pointed out, that work is not progressing much, all the major excavation work has been completed and concrete is now being laid and sprayed at a rate of knots!
Gravity are regarded as the best designers etc.. for good reason, they are precise and accurate and wont allow poor or bad finishes and work to minute tollerances in their designs! I have now fears or reservations and being honest would rather wait an extra week or so and get top dollar than rush it!!!! But dont for god's sake tell them I said that. Dont want Bren, Paul and Marc getting ideas.
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Postby thegedman » Wed Oct 15, 2008 2:03 pm

That should have said 'I have NO fears' :?
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Postby HarryR » Sat Oct 18, 2008 12:11 pm

A few more from this morning. Coming along nicely now.

Although, unfortunately it does look like the bowl has ended up with "noping"

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Postby ST » Sat Oct 18, 2008 1:55 pm

Yorkshire rules...bastards :evil: :shock: :lol:
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Postby TonyB » Sat Oct 18, 2008 2:37 pm

Yep looks like meaningful progress. Shame about the noping, you would think they could get it right by now.
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Postby ST » Sat Oct 18, 2008 3:07 pm

There is coping there...think he meant no POOL coping...t's steel as opposed to whatever pool copings made of..no diferent to Hayle or cantelows I suppose...glass is more than half full :wink: :arrow:
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Postby HarryR » Sat Oct 18, 2008 5:21 pm

ST wrote:There is coping there...think he meant no POOL coping...t's steel as opposed to whatever pool copings made of..no diferent to Hayle or cantelows I suppose...glass is more than half full :wink: :arrow:
keep up the good work Harry...'hit the north' Tony :lol:


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What I meant was, although there is steel coping, the concrete has been rendered flush with the steel and, as a result, there'll be no bonk factor, if you know what I mean :wink:
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Postby Ian C » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:06 pm

Coming on nicely there Harry 8)

When are they reckoning on it being ready ?
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Postby Ian C » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:07 pm

Coming on nicely there Harry 8)

When are they reckoning on it being ready ?
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Postby HarryR » Mon Oct 20, 2008 1:42 pm

Is there an ehco in here? :lol: :wink:

According to Ged they're still on track to finish on time so probably about another 3 or 4 weeks.

Let's hope we have a dry winter so that we can take advantage of it.
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Postby HarryR » Sat Oct 25, 2008 1:52 pm

Pics from this morning.

This is really motoring now! The top bowl looks finished barring a bit of drying time.

The rest of what's left to do doesn't look as complicated as the bits that have been completed so far.

Maybe another 2-3 weeks? :) 8)

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Postby Cas Vegas Karl » Sat Oct 25, 2008 2:17 pm

Well im glad i didnt move to Cornwall this looks well better than the Cornish stuff. Admittedly its located in the obesesity capitol of Britain but hey you cant have everything. :lol: :lol:
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Postby TonyB » Sat Oct 25, 2008 5:28 pm

That bowl is looking very tasty indeed. Roll in the shallow pump the waterfall in to the middle and then pump the waterfall in to the deep and up for a huge grind on the back wall at Mach 10... :drool:
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Postby ChrisK » Sat Oct 25, 2008 8:49 pm

Looking good! 8)
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Postby HarryR » Sat Nov 01, 2008 2:04 pm

Not much visible progress from before. It would appear that the contractors have left the site open and, as a result, the local youth were all over it on their bikes.

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This one was a right cheeky get. He demanded to know why I was taking pictures. He was concerned that I was gathering evidence against them so I told him I was taking pictures for a skate web site and then he insisted on posing for me in the bowl! I told him it was for sidewalkmag.com, that'll keep him occupied for a while :P

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Postby ChrisK » Sat Nov 01, 2008 3:54 pm

The irony is that if any of those kids hurt themselves, the contractors will be at fault and liable for damages for not making the place secure enough. :roll:
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Postby TimWalker » Sat Nov 01, 2008 5:28 pm

I would have kicked them out, they could fuck it up and delay opening :evil: Is that a lip in the shallow of the bowl...without coping?
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Postby HarryR » Sun Nov 02, 2008 8:35 pm

TimWalker wrote:Is that a lip in the shallow of the bowl...without coping?


Yeah, the very shallow part has rolled edges, with a roll in down to the middle section. The middle and deep end have coping all the way round.

I reckon if you go to the very far end of the flat bit beyond the shallow end and push like fuck you could roll right into the bowl and hit the deep end with some scary speed! 10' airs anybody? :shock:
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Lines 'r' us :wink: :arrow: :lol:
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Postby Ian C » Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:36 pm

Not hanging about with this are they harry :shock: 8)

From those pics you obviously had chance for a close look now, whats the finish on the crete like ?
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Postby Carl Arnfield » Wed Nov 05, 2008 3:12 pm

i think that bowl will be loads of fun

so good old fashioned lip slids in the shallow end as well
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Postby southcoastshredder » Wed Nov 05, 2008 3:15 pm

Looking sweet as..... the waterfall from the shallow end into the middle loks a little sudden though?? :?
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Postby Carl Arnfield » Wed Nov 05, 2008 3:53 pm

^^^ nothing better than a suprise to wake you as you drop in there will be a few low flying boarders on open day
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Thanks and coming on!

Postby thegedman » Thu Nov 06, 2008 4:46 pm

Firstly, thanks for the info about the kids in the park, hopefully the issue has now been reasolved, shall we say!

secondly, the park has shot forward this week and I'm sure when you wonder down with your camera Harry you will spot a couple of the unique features that are just about complete. These are the things that have been causing the excitement on Sidewalk forum, hope you like them guys!!! We have been held up a little by the weather so sorry guys might just have to wait a couple of weeks longer than anticipated.

I'll let you know when we are ready to go.

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Postby HarryR » Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:43 pm

thegedman wrote:secondly, the park has shot forward this week and I'm sure when you wonder down with your camera Harry you will spot a couple of the unique features that are just about complete. These are the things that have been causing the excitement on Sidewalk forum, hope you like them guys!!!


I'm intrigued now!

I'm working from home tomorrow so might take a look around lunch time to see what the fuss is all about.

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Postby TimWalker » Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:46 pm

I might mosey for a nosey over the weekend 8)
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Postby HarryR » Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:47 pm

Carl Arnfield wrote: good old fashioned lip slids in the shallow end as well


I was reminded recently about Halifax skatepark back in the late 70s. The shallow end of the figure 8 had similar rolled edges. We'd just discovered white Belair Bolts (hard) and it was lip slide city - would love to try that shit again. Excellent :)
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Postby TimWalker » Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:48 pm

Franny's bank in Bradford.....biiiiig lipslides....remember the farty noise from big red Kryps? mmmmm :D
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Postby HarryR » Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:56 pm

Ian C wrote:Not hanging about with this are they harry :shock: 8)

From those pics you obviously had chance for a close look now, whats the finish on the crete like ?


I actually haven't been able to get a very close look at the finish as I've only been spying the site through the fence. It looks closer in the pics due to the zoom lens. However, from what I can see, it looks just fine. I'd expect nothing less from Gravity. No doubt Ged is ensuring that quality control is up to scratch?
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Postby HarryR » Sat Nov 08, 2008 2:50 pm

Popped down yesterday hoping to speak to the contractors to get a feel for how things were going. As luck would have it, they were all on their dinner - not a soul in sight. Never mind - here's a few more of the new "features" that Ged alluded to. It looks like it's a bit different from the moon crater shown on the original design and from where I was standing, I couldn't quite make out exactly what it was going to end up like. You decide, no doubt all will be revealed in good time.

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Postby Trevenen » Sat Nov 08, 2008 3:29 pm

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WTF??!!

Looks original, if nothing else. 8)
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Postby TimWalker » Sat Nov 08, 2008 6:04 pm

I think its the same as the original design...here's today
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thats the clamshell thingy...
Here you can see the micro-bowl coping past the clamshell
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Postby anon » Sat Nov 08, 2008 6:34 pm

Rolled by today to catch a bunch of little feral nightmares on mountain bikes kicking the fences down and then threatening two young skaters who told them to get off the wet concrete.
Ended up calling the filth as all the security guard appears to do is sleep in his car.


re post earlier on - moon crater is yet to be built , it's facing the mini taco/clam thing.
the coping support for the pour is up and all being well it should be underway asap.
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Postby Trevenen » Sat Nov 08, 2008 6:39 pm

Ahhh I see now. I thought the coping was continuous but it's just where an extra bit sticks out.
Could have been fun though. :lol:
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Postby anon » Sat Nov 08, 2008 6:47 pm

I saw Johnny and somebody else driving in as I drove out (post Police) earlier today.
It's getting exciting now.
Those 5 years of meetings and arguing look like they're finally on their way to fruition.
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Postby ST » Sat Nov 08, 2008 7:26 pm

Had a drive there today with my son Ben...bumped into Tim & OSJ...the weird world of MAS...looking at a building site mess :lol:
that bowl looks fun..the tiny shallow bit looks v tight and, well, small...the place should be top when finished and cleaned up.
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Postby HarryR » Sun Nov 09, 2008 2:43 am

TimWalker wrote:I think its the same as the original design...here's today


Great pics Tim. Much better angles than mine!

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Postby TonyB » Sun Nov 09, 2008 5:45 am

Is it a cornish pastie? :twisted:
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Postby JellyHead » Sun Nov 09, 2008 10:32 am

Duracrete are very hit and miss.


A lot of the finishing down South is very poor.

I have heard they have better crews up North.

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Postby TimWalker » Sun Nov 09, 2008 5:27 pm

anon wrote:I saw Johnny and somebody else driving in as I drove out (post Police) earlier today.
It's getting exciting now.
Those 5 years of meetings and arguing look like they're finally on their way to fruition.

yeah that was me...Jonny spotted you at the last moment. The security man managed to shout at me when I walked near the bowl to take pics, but the chav kids looked like they were fixing to beat him up... :lol: Hope the little twats don't fuck it up. Its making more sense now when I look at the plans.... I'm excited! If the finish is like Brid & Whitby it'll be gorgeous.
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Postby TimWalker » Sun Nov 09, 2008 5:33 pm

One thing we spotted....no drains in the bowl?????
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Postby Cas Vegas Karl » Tue Nov 11, 2008 2:45 pm

Went and had a look today ther was a guy from gravity there checking the contractors work and the transitions and stuff. I took a look at the pool someone mentioned that there was a noping problem but it look quite well set to me compared with a lot i seen. The whole thing looks like its gonna be the park to beat over next summer and only 10mls from home. I dont know what to ask Santa for now :roll:
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Postby southcoastshredder » Tue Nov 11, 2008 2:55 pm

Cas Vegas Karl wrote:Went and had a look today ther was a guy from gravity there checking the contractors work and the transitions and stuff. I took a look at the pool someone mentioned that there was a noping problem but it look quite well set to me compared with a lot i seen. The whole thing looks like its gonna be the park to beat over next summer and only 10mls from home. I dont know what to ask Santa for now :roll:


Maybes a broom to get rid of the shit in the bottom of the bowl?? :lol:
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Postby Carl Arnfield » Tue Nov 11, 2008 3:01 pm

TimWalker wrote:One thing we spotted....no drains in the bowl?????


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Postby HarryR » Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:55 pm

The missing drain in bowl - that's been bothering me as well. When they started building this thing they put a big fuck-off drain in the middle of the park which feeds into the main sewer, but there doesn't seem to be a feed into it from the top bowl. From speaking to someone involved in the project I understood that drainage was going to be a big deal. Not putting a drain in the bowl could be a big mistake. Having said all of that, when I was there today, apart from a bit of surface water, there was only leaves in the bowl. Maybe it will be OK? I think a brush and shovel in the boot of the car will be a must though.

Some more pics of the fiddly stuff which looks like it's finally coming along. A couple more weeks maybe?

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Postby TimWalker » Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:57 am

I'll bring towels.
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Postby ST » Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:41 pm

I'll bring a fishing rod :shock:
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Postby TonyB » Mon Nov 17, 2008 2:07 am

I can't believe that anyone would be so stupid as to build a bowl without a drain in it. Its going to be a disaster without a drain.
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Postby Cas Vegas Karl » Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:33 pm

TonyB wrote:I can't believe that anyone would be so stupid as to build a bowl without a drain in it. Its going to be a disaster without a drain.


To be fair i did see them putting drains in the gound during the ground works and even when its been pissing down for a few days i have never seen any standing water in the bowl. I wonder whether there is a ply wood blank over the drain to stop it getting blocked during construction lets hope so but if not "Bobbys got a pump"
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Postby anon » Tue Nov 18, 2008 12:10 am

there are drains - spoke to brendan at gravity last week.
do you really think anyone would be stupid enough to build a bowl without one?
plus it'd be filled with water by now if there weren't any in there.
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Postby TimWalker » Tue Nov 18, 2008 1:04 am

Yeah lets ask Bobby Biniak! Then we can have breakfast with Ray and crank some munch with Billy....are there any waves yet did ya look?
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Postby thegedman » Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:35 am

Hi Guys

Sorry not been around to keep you posted, had family crisis to deal with.
See I have been beaten to the info about the drainage.

But just to reiterate, there is drainage in the 3 main points that need it, the bowl, the base of the vert wall and also in the moon crator. (oops did i call it that!) So yes we did think of it, but 10 out of 10 I think to Carl for spotting it, the drain has been ply covered in the bowl to keep the crap out during construction. We have also put in a number of french drains running around the perimeter of the site to reduce the amount of drain off from the surrounding area into the park area, which is then run into the main drain under the road, so hopefully we will be ok!

Held up by the weather a little so we are running a couple of weeks late!

Oh by the way, the security has been changed and are now in the site and are double handed. seemed to work at the weekend and kept the kids out.

will keep you informed.

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Postby TimWalker » Thu Nov 20, 2008 12:26 am

I'm even more excited now....
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Postby Carl Arnfield » Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:38 pm

do we know when it is will be finished ?

and when will it be open for the public ?
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Postby Woody » Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:46 pm

thegedman wrote: french drains running around the perimeter o

Will these stink of garlic and run away at the 1st sign of any trouble :)
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Postby Woody » Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:47 pm

Carl Arnfield wrote:do we know when it is will be finished ?

and when will it be open for the public ?

heard talk of 4 weeks is that about right Ged ?

just in time for the deep winter .. oh um :(
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Postby Carl Arnfield » Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:50 pm

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Carl Arnfield wrote:do we know when it is will be finished ?

and when will it be open for the public ?

heard talk of 4 weeks is that about right Ged ?

just in time for the deep winter .. oh um :(


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Postby thegedman » Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:17 am

I'm having a meeting tuesday to determine finish date and will keep you posted. once the concreting is finished we will then have to put the landscaping in and carry out the snagging, which will take about a week and then the handover. getting close guys, stay with us! and just remember the winters have been drier than the summers recently!!!
Harry doesn't seem to have posted any photo's recently have you deserted your mission to keep the site updated Harry?
Someone posted earlier this will be the park to beat this summer, I think you will find it will be the park to beat for quite along time not just this summer! there are also roumers that tregulations are to be changed to reduce the height of aspects of skate parks in planning applications, so this could be one of the last with anything above 1.6 metres in height... got in just in time folks.

keep you posted

Ged
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