The courts were dilapidated and unused when Derby Moor Fives first proposed that they be refurbished. This work eventually cost around £20,000. The money for this project was largely contributed by the Club Members and Fives-playing community, with major contributions from Derby Moor Community School and the Rugby Fives Association Charitable Trust:
Start of school Easter break; builders begin on site today. Removal of remnants of old bargeboards. Preparation work for removing the existing purlins for cleaning and painting and to allow the roof pillars to be raised (the rearmost one is staying at its existing height; the one at the front wall is being raised by 5 courses of bricks). Started process of filling in side openings with permanent waterproof (brick) skin.
Brickwork in old openings in right hand wall is basically done, with new line for roof identified, ready for additional courses of bricks to be laid on top of the old pillars. Removal of purlins for painting is underway.
Right hand wall complete. Brickwork well underway on centre wall. All the purlins are off (that are being reset; the one on the rearmost pillar is staying exactly where it is).
Centre wall complete. Pillars raised and created (on the centre wall and inside the right hand wall skin) ready to receive the repositioned roof purlins.
Left wall completed. All the pillars raised and created ready to receive the repositioned roof purlins. Cleaning and repainting purlins is well underway.
Purlins all primed and placed back into pillars - most bolted down in final position.
Purlins all bolted down in position. Steelwork arrived and started to be installed to support the 1 metre extension to the roof at the rear of the courts.
Steelwork to support rearwards overhang of roof is mostly in place. Heavy rain this afternoon.
The first roof panels up today (about half of the inner steel skin on the right hand court), with the spacers on top for the second (outer) skin. Raining again all afternoon (but part of the right court floor is dry!).
Quite a lot more of the inner steel skin of the roof is up now (all of the right hand court and one third of the left). The recent (and ongoing) combination of wind and rain is slowing things down. More photos soon.
Excellent progress over the last two days; all of the roofing panels are up (inner and outer skins) with the insulation material between. Started on the guttering.
Guttering along lower edge of roof is finished, and flashing at top is installed. Bargeboards on sides well underway.
Bargeboards finished both sides. Remainder of guttering (downpipes etc.) being worked on.
Pair of new court doors and boards delivered and fitted today. Drains cleared out.
Door catches and framing finished. First coats of black paint on doors and frames, and red on boards.
Roofers back today to finish off the trim sections along the middle wall, both sides. More painting of the doors and boards. Plans are now in place to get the peeling white paint stripped from the walls (next week) and install the lighting (the week after).
Roofers finished last Friday, installing the guttering downpipes. Sand blaster has been in yesterday and today to remove all the old paint from the walls (and clean up the floors). The results are very good - all the white paint is coming off, and the wall surface underneath is a fairly uniform dark grey - even before all the dust has been cleaned up.
Electricians started installing the lighting yesterday. Supports are first being installed, running front to back between the purlins, to allow the lighting to be suspended from the roof without having to drill into the inner skin. Conduits are then being attached, carrying the wiring (from switches out of play on the side walls beside the entrance doors). The right hand court has reached this stage, requiring only the light fittings to be added.
Main electrical cable to the courts and switch box installed on Friday last week. Today, all the supports and almost all of the conduits installed in the left hand court.
Courts have been thoroughly cleaned out, removing all the dust from the sandblasting of the walls and the building work. The electricians have now installed the light fittings in the right hand court and power is connected!
Lighting was basically completed last Friday with only some finishing touches required. The courts - especially the right hand one - are more or less playable. Some rendering repairs to the walls (both court back walls, the left court's right wall near the floor, and below the board on the right court) and finishing around the door jambs are probably the next most important improvements. We will also have to decide the best course of action for improving the floors - currently fairly rough and pale coloured.
First games played tonight since the walls, roof, and lights have been done. Floors and walls are quite rough and tend to grip the ball, otherwise they (and the new doors) play well. Lighting has come out even and bright - I estimate 1200 lux at 1m above the floor. (The photos of play below were taken without flash). Visibility of the ball against the grey walls is good. Having played Squash Fives for almost two years, it's great to be back on 'real' courts!
Over the last month, repair work has been carried out to the paving outside the courts. In the last couple of weeks all the rendering repairs in the courts have been done, so we now have complete walls including around the new doors. The floor in the left court has been covered with levelling compound, suitably coloured, giving a much smoother surface which seems to have the right level of grip but will make the balls (and our shoes!) last much longer. Bob is starting coaching of the school children this week.