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Mike BOS
2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
Mike TA1 (IP Logged)
30 September, 2018 10:44
During the winter months I will keep you up to date of any work being done at the county ground.

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The first thing happening is the installation of the new floodlights.
This photo is of the floodlight foundation by the main office of the Andy Caddick Pavilion.

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The second photo of the floodlights is the one by the CA Pavilion.

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They have had to build temporary road access for the machinery to get to the floodlight being installed between the Marcus Trescothick stand and the Ian Botham Stand.

They have also done the preparation work by the new Somerset Pavilion.

 
Bobstan
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
Bobstan (IP Logged)
30 September, 2018 12:02
Thanks, Michael.

 
Somerset LaLaLa
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
Somerset LaLaLa (IP Logged)
30 September, 2018 13:12
I'm curious to know how much power these things use, ie what the cost to the club will be for electricity on an evening? Is it super low, with the new bulbs, and not too bad for the environment?

 
Mike BOS
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
Mike TA1 (IP Logged)
30 September, 2018 13:40
Cheaper than other grounds being LED, I still wouldn't like to pay the bill whatever it is.

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
Grockle (IP Logged)
30 September, 2018 16:37
Thanks for the updates Mike

Lots of money for how many games a year? Gosh. How much is the ECB putting in?



(Sm72)



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 30/09/2018 16:39 by Grockle.

 
sandhills
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
sandhills (IP Logged)
30 September, 2018 19:07
I have visited lots of grounds in the last few years, including all of the test match venues, our ground is one of the best, i suspect the lights will make it along with Lords the best flood lit venue.

I can't wait to see the ground properly illuminated in the dark, we shall glow even brighter.

 
Mike BOS
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
Mike TA1 (IP Logged)
05 October, 2018 08:59
A further clue that there is going to be a new stand built this winter, apart from the floodlight contractors another team have dug four/five test digs in that area to check for anything lurking under the concrete.

One such dig had several markings in red, one marking said “culvert”, so they now know what direction that stream goes after it passes the Andy Caddick Pavilion.

I have just noticed that there are no photos showing, it seems the Photobucket website is down at this time.
Edit - I have check with a website that checks to see the status of websites, and they say “Photobucket.com is DOWN for everyone”.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/10/2018 09:08 by Mike TA1.

 
Roger ivanhoe
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
Roger ivanhoe (IP Logged)
05 October, 2018 09:40
Surely they will put in a large temporary stand for the world cup matches, rather than build a smaller permanent stand which they would need to add further temporary seating to bring the ground capacity up to the required level.

We were told that a survey work would take take place to establish the various water culverts in the priory bridge car park, as these would have a bearing on the required foundations for the lights, but the club have made no mention of a new permanent stand being put up during the winter,and I would have thought they will need all the space possible to bring in the three floodlights units that side of the ground and erect.

 
Mike BOS
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
Mike TA1 (IP Logged)
05 October, 2018 10:20
Maybe the work is being done ahead of requirement and the stand is not being built this winter!

 
Loyal of Lhasa
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
05 October, 2018 11:26
The culvert can only run in one direction - towards the river! That particular one used to be an open stream running from St James Street close to where the Ondaatje and Caddick pavilions now stand and served as the run off for the toilets. Very health and safety we were in those days. Taunton seems to have lots of streams above and below ground all running towards the Tone and so others may well be discovered elsewhere under the ground. Fraser and Allott are launching a joint complaint that they were deliberately hidden to give Leach a special advantage (or was it J C White?).

 
Mike BOS
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
Mike TA1 (IP Logged)
05 October, 2018 13:08
By the way, the test pits being dug was for the stand, how do I know! the chap doing the lights foundations told me. What he didn't tell me was when the stand is being built. (perhaps I should have asked him).

 
Clarence Parker
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
Clarence Parker (IP Logged)
05 October, 2018 14:33
Yes Mike, perhaps you should have - I expect better than that from the 'News of the World' correspondent.


(Sm163)

 
nelliec
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
nelliec (IP Logged)
05 October, 2018 14:42
I can't see why they can't have stands similar to the Somerset stand. They don't need to be as tall , and they can then just put a temporary stand behind if needed.
If they don't intend to do this allow just allow supporters to bring their own chairs in ,life the good old days, along this area. Last year they had issues relating to Health and Safety,but surely this happens at all out grounds.

 
Somerset LaLaLa
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
Somerset LaLaLa (IP Logged)
05 October, 2018 16:16
What is this culvert, Mike? Something for the club, a stream or perhaps an ancient construction for the priory...

 
Mike BOS
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
Mike TA1 (IP Logged)
05 October, 2018 16:41
The contractors called it a culvert.

Most of us know of the stream going through the ground in front of the Andy Caddick Pavilion, it can be seen through the gratings, once the stream goes under ground it is called a culvert.

 
RRANDREWS
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
Old Boy! (IP Logged)
06 October, 2018 11:59
Mike is a genius - for our sakes he spends all his time nicking out from his little bolt-hole to snap the latest happenings on the ground. He should be put forward for a CBE or MBE or even sainthood for his services to Somerset's cricket followers!(Sm103)(Sm119)(Sm122)(Sm113)(Sm126)(Sm132)(Sm128)
Old Boy!

 
Loyal of Lhasa
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
06 October, 2018 12:17
No argument about that! St Michael of Taunton, the patron saint of stragglers and the long-suffering.



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Seventy Seasons a Somerset Supporter

 
Mike BOS
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
Mike TA1 (IP Logged)
11 October, 2018 20:25
The latest on the floodlights.

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http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p490/cricketphotos1/Cricket%20Photos/2018%20Somerset%20Cricket%20Photos/Not%20Cricket%20Match%20Photos/Piling%20for%20floodlights%20between%20Trescothick%20and%20Botham%20stand%20%204.jpg

They are doing the piles for the most difficult position first, between the Marcus Trescothick and Ian Botham stands.

And I can you being that close to the river the drill was coming up clogged up with very wet clay/mud.

 
hantssabre
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
hantssabre (IP Logged)
11 October, 2018 20:29
Is that a real bird or the “scarecrow” one?

 
Mike BOS
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
Mike TA1 (IP Logged)
11 October, 2018 20:35
The groundsmen have reseeded all over the ground, it is one of those bird scarer kites.

 
hantssabre
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
hantssabre (IP Logged)
11 October, 2018 20:41
Thanks Mike. Good to see how things are progressing

 
Bobstan
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
Bobstan (IP Logged)
11 October, 2018 22:05
Marcus and Ian Botham have got piles? Viv used to have piles.

 
nelliec
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
nelliec (IP Logged)
12 October, 2018 19:50
Surely the position of that light will obscure some of the view from the Trescothick stand!

 
Mike BOS
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
Mike TA1 (IP Logged)
12 October, 2018 20:22
I think the view should be ok? they are drilling four piles about three yards square approx (I can't think metric) the pylon should be in the middle of the four taking it towards the back of the stand.

In the first photo they are doing one of the front piles.

 
Mike BOS
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
Mike TA1 (IP Logged)
15 October, 2018 20:58
They have completed the piling for three of the floodlight, two to go, by the Stragglers and the groundsmen shed.

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You may have notice on the clubs website that the stragglers was closed today, that was to enable the power supply cable for the Stragglers to be rerouted, it went straight through the foundation area where one of the floodlights is being installed.

 
Grizzzly
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
Grizzzly (IP Logged)
15 October, 2018 22:04
Thanks Mike.

Hope they don't get the wiring muddled up with the Stragglers, otherwise the floodlights might dim everytime someone prepares a latte !

Grizzzly

 
Loyal of Lhasa
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
16 October, 2018 11:15
could give a new meaning to instant coffee...



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Seventy Seasons a Somerset Supporter

 
Mike BOS
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
Mike TA1 (IP Logged)
17 October, 2018 14:39
For those interested, here is a lesson on piling for installation of floodlights.

The piles are 10 metres deep.

Once the piles are complete they dig down 2.1 metres cut off the piles ready to construct the base for the floodlights.

http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p490/cricketphotos1/Cricket%20Photos/2018%20Somerset%20Cricket%20Photos/Not%20Cricket%20Match%20Photos/Installation%20of%20floodlight%20at%20SCCC%202018%202019%201.jpg

Starting to drill the first pile by the Stragglers.

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The surprise for me was how wet the soil is.

http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p490/cricketphotos1/Cricket%20Photos/2018%20Somerset%20Cricket%20Photos/Not%20Cricket%20Match%20Photos/Installation%20of%20floodlight%20at%20SCCC%202018%202019%203.jpg

And then there is the water table.

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Once the drill has gone down the 10 metres they then connect the pipe from the concrete lorry.

http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p490/cricketphotos1/Cricket%20Photos/2018%20Somerset%20Cricket%20Photos/Not%20Cricket%20Match%20Photos/Installation%20of%20floodlight%20at%20SCCC%202018%202019%205_1.jpg

They slowly withdraw the drill bit while pumping the concrete into the drill hole until it is full and it starts to overflow.

http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p490/cricketphotos1/Cricket%20Photos/2018%20Somerset%20Cricket%20Photos/Not%20Cricket%20Match%20Photos/Installation%20of%20floodlight%20at%20SCCC%202018%202019%206.jpg

Next the reinforcing metal frame is pushed into the concrete pile by hand until the digger uses the bucket to push it the rest of the way down into the concrete.

http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p490/cricketphotos1/Cricket%20Photos/2018%20Somerset%20Cricket%20Photos/Not%20Cricket%20Match%20Photos/Installation%20of%20floodlight%20at%20SCCC%202018%202019%207.jpg

I then thought I would take a walk over to look at the first piling between the Trescothick and Botham stands.
As you can see they have had a problem with the water table being that close to the river, they have dug down the 2.1 metres and cut off two of the piles unfortunately the hole has began to fill with water, they are having to pumping the water out before they can carry on with their work.

I hope I haven't bored you with this update!

 
Loyal of Lhasa
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
17 October, 2018 15:40
Much boring in the marsh...



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Seventy Seasons a Somerset Supporter

 
Roger ivanhoe
Re: 2018/2019 winter work at the County Ground.
Roger ivanhoe (IP Logged)
17 October, 2018 17:48
Considering the likely size of the metal base of the tower, looks very close to the passageway under the Botham Stand.

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