Officially opening 4pm Saturday 27 June 2015 - we made it!
Pouring concrete before dawn, the race against time, landscaping in the back courtyard with the library verandah in the background.
Courtyard doors stained and up on the north side. South side still open to the elements, courtyard might be full of snow in the morning.
All hands on deck (anti-clockwise from front): Matt, Roly, Jordan, Lee, Dan, Zac & Damian
....no action yet sorry. But shaping up nicely for plenty of good time to come!
Don't get too excited - still a way to go. This stuff has been stored in the red zone for a year and in our barn for 3 - thought it was time for an airing.
Paul chalking up Professor Dodsworth's beer process diagram ready for beer lessons in the classroom!
Belinda and Joost giving up their weekend to help in the big clean up. Fairies or heros - maybe both!
Ron from Mat Trix Paving getting stuck in with the landscaping in the back courtyard area this week.
The Liberty wallpaper went up today, yay! The old staircase has scrubbed up pretty well too. Still bare wires hanging - STILL no permanent power at The Lab but we soldier on. Thanks to Leigh Chitty Painting and Decorating - it looks gorgeous.
A quiet corner of the bar is home to our valve radio collection and library of beer books, 'twill be a calm spot to while away afternoons over a pint and the crossword.
Paul and Jordan from Identity Signs put the finishing touches on the signage over the West Belt doors this afternoon, says it all really, 'Craft Brewers and Culinary Chemists'
Head Chef Ben gets some coaching in stretching pizza dough today from Rob the master, who installed the oven back in February.
Great to have the support of Lincoln Community News with this front page coverage in their June newsletter.
This week sees the arrival of the brewery plant from the old Twisted Hop (Poplar Lane) being delivered to its new home. 3 years stored in a barn don't seem to have done it any harm! Hot liquor tank will live in the malt store upstairs so we have gravity on our side when we draw from it.
Managed to grab this shot in that split second after the Friday tidy up, but before 'beer o'clock' for the builders.
This evening as the sun dipped under the norwest arch, West Belt had a sneak preview - work in progress for the signwriters and secrets within.
Well, a sign about Craft Beer at any rate (thanks Jordan, looks awesome) - it's a start. Not too long to go now!
It's official, stand still long enough in The Lab bar and you WILL be coated in intumescent (fire protective) paint. Brendan and John systematically working through all remaining panelling and sarking for the final fit-out.
Paul has certainly come up with the goods, here is the smaller of two wooden signs going up on the side of the 'classroom' opposite the library
Resin coated sloping brewery floor ready to receive the 600lt brew kit - let the experiments begin!
Our very own Catweazle and Jesus on site today laying the resin floor in the brewery, tanks in very soon....
Today saw the long awaited arrival of our splendid front doors - hands up who thought the temporary arrangement of a single door and plywood securing the front entrance was IT. Come now, we need an entrance worthy of distinction.
After a week of exclusion, the floors are finished and next Monday the carpenters will be back in the main bar building cracking on with panelling, door trims, architraves and back bar fitout.
Lisa rising to yet another challenge - tiling in the kitchen just ahead of electrician's second fix.
Well here they are transformed - our stairway to beer heaven is almost there!
Today the floor sanders arrived and set to on the mezzanine floor - it's coming up a treat!
Rolly tackles another fiddly job, mounting our salvaged old style tennis court lights to shine up onto the sarking in the courtyard area.
Still surrounded on all sides by council contractors - but West Belt is certainly going to look a bit smarter than of old. Here's the view from Gerald Street
Definitely an autumnal nip in the air - brings back memories of our Turning the First Sod Party (25 May 2014). Tonights 'Friday beers' for the builders was enriched by the inaugural lighting of our fabulous woodburner in the bar.
Simultaneously dismantling the hoardings and lining an outdoor cupboard gave rise to another splendid idea from Professor Dodsworth - a new home for our graffiti art! Thanks to Rolly for running with another crazy idea that turned out to be awesome!
Another shot that sums it all up: Twisted Hop handpumps, Hororata bar counter (work in progress), a bucket of gibstop and a never-ending list of jobs for the builders
Zac and Matt getting stuck into another day of 'buzzing' the floorboard edges in readiness for the sanding machine that will hopefully float over all the undulations and give us a lovely rustic 100yr old finish - well that's the plan!
Ten guys turned up today to lay the cobble printed concrete pattern in the courtyard, looking awesome! All set for the first drive through moped rally, led by Prof Dods himself no doubt.
Rolly set to on dismantling the hoardings today. This is looking south from our courtyard out onto the library green. The mounds will be planted with native grasses/shrubs on the library side and provide a mown grassy area for us to spread onto during festivals and sunny afternoons.
This was worth a watch today as the Hiab gently dropped 2.3 tonnes of grease trap into the waiting hole safe and sound. Yes, Paul did get out in time!
Jordan from The Art of Carpentry working on the mezzanine door panels while Dan looks on. Then just floorsanding and wallpaper to go before the mezzanine is complete.
Today's milestone - time for painting. Randi helped out in the kitchen in the race to paint before the kitchen units arrive later this week.
Fireworks on site today when Tennant Engineering showed up to fix the balustrade to the mezzanine floor.
Paul doing a stirling job digging the enormous hole for our enormously compliant grease trap in the brewery yard. Boy the authorities are expecting us to be cooking a lot of chips!
Finally the rain has stopped and we can dry out a little. Not the perfect time to be digging storm drains, building a car park AND landscaping around the library simultaneously!
Damian has been hired as Prof Dodsworth's Brewing Assistant, although his apprenticeship involves being a "Jack of all trades" (not unlike Prof Dods himself). Here he is working in the brewery, not exactly brewing, rather fixing rondo battons to the roof ready to receive the last bits of fireline gib.
Frank working on the jigsaw that is the Hororata bar counter - and of course we can't really be 100% sure we have all the pieces - still not long to go now before we find out!
Lots going on at the site this week - drainlayers, council car park contractors and our concrete contractor all on top of each other - oh dear - sometimes our Project Manager doesn't quite pull it off! The courtyard is now tidy and filled ready for the concrete cobble effect later this week.
Beautiful American Ash staircase made by Frank from Ruben's Joinery being carefully installed in the brewery
In comes the kitchen bench - James, Jordan, Zac and Casey enjoying a late Friday afternoon workout - JUST when they thought it was time for a beer!
Another milestone reached when today the Council contractors turned up with their 12 tonne digger to start work on the second half of the car park that goes along the north side of our building stretching from Lyttelton St to West Belt.
Time to dig out a lifetimes collection of window/door hardware and slotted screws (thanks Bevan) for operation 'Lock up The Lab'. Thank heavens for Liz at Musgroves too for filling in the gaps!
Nice straightforward job for Zak on his first day! Winching up the malt store double doors.........using the malt winch. One day VERY soon it'll be a pallet load of malt going up there ready for the first brew (now Zak will be more interest in that for sure)
The recycled wooden floor in the main bar area is now complete - it was a lengthy mission, but it's done and looks awesome. A light sand to soften sharp edges and oil to finish, there you have it.............Lane Walker Rudkin and Hammersley Park School's gymnasium (Shirley) underfoot as we enjoy a pint or two!
James and Rolly get to grips with yet another delivery of fireline destined for the brewery walls
Next step curing - 5 days of non-stop fire inside, then we can start practising!
Rob putting the fireproof cement coating on the pizza oven in situ.
Beautiful doors slavaged from Manchester Street (we think maybe The Bead Shop?) looking fantastic in their new home as the south entrance to the main bar area.
A very exciting arrival in the nick of time today, pizza oven all the way from Italy! The fitter is flying in from Auckland on Monday to install it into the kitchen, not sure how. We'll keep you posted.
A race against time as the gibbers bring up the rear and cover up all his work, here is Lee from Skilled Electrical – who knows where EVERY wire goes, ably assisted by Taylor.
Pink batts, blue wires and a hundred year old staircase with a sneaky look through to the floorboards just laid in the snug today.
Cladding continues – weatherboard salvaged from an old farmhouse between Rakaia and the sea looking right at home in the Lab courtyard.
All hands on deck when 8.5 tonnes of gib board was delivered in a howling nor'wester at 4o'clock today! Thanks to a team effort all now safely stashed away inside.
Andy started work on the foundations for the open fireplace in the courtyard today
We welcome a new team of builders on site this week, Dan, Jordan and Casey from The Art of Carpentry. We hope this influx of energy and manpower will give us a boost as they set to on a myriad little carpentry jobs and the major task of laying the recycled rimu floorboards in the bar area:
Final bits of scaffolding from around the brewery building came down today. Looking a bit stark and new, but the unstained macrocarpa will weather off to a natural silver colour and with some clever landscaping it will look like The Laboratory has always been a part of Lincoln (we hope!)
Beyond the call of duty? We spotted a bit the sandblaster missed - Richard will do ANYTHING for a pint!
Quite a bit of progress this last week, working towards the pre-line inspection so we can get cracking with gib board. Old school doors on the classroom (for beer education purposes - and other functions!) have been installed. Yet to fit the metal bar to guide the bi-folds as they roll open onto the courtyard area:
The recycled tin cladding on the back of the kitchen area, trimmed with chunky rimu posts. Wooden sliding door reclaimed from The Twisted Hop in Poplar Lane leads through to the conditioning rooms at the back of the brewery
'Very close' turned out to be 15 days! Ah well... here we are at the West Belt entrance, brickwork has been waterblasted and scaffolding came down today
Very close now to the scaffolding coming down - hurray! Just the windowsills to go now for the bricklayers, here is the West Belt bar entrance
This view from the corner of West Belt/Gerald Street shows the three main areas of the building: bar, back of house (pre-clad in green waterproof board, awaiting recycled roof iron cladding) and two storey brewhouse. You need to use a bit of imagination to see beyond the ugly white storage container and scaffolding, but not for too much longer! The Council are due to start work in March upgrading the pavement and providing angle parking along our West Belt frontage - am guessing THAT will be a favourite parking spot from some of our future regulars.
Skilled Electrical have completed the 'pre-wire', boy THAT was a mission!
Half-brick tiles cladding the inside wall in the main bar area, brickies are up to the tricky bit behind the truss.
Pink batts in the main bar area, awaiting sound absorbing batts and 100yr old sarking sent to Timaru for intumenscent coating (for fire protection)
All ready for the Lincoln Christmas Parade that never was.......cancelled with no postponement date at 8am this morning, and the rain stopped at 10am aaagggggh!
The brickies are starting to get to the cool detail parts of the job (photos cunningly taken so you can't see too much of the mess all around!) Double hung sash windows in the main bar await final inspection and finishing off with wooden beading. Window sills still 'work in progress'
Macropcarpa cladding on the West Belt face of the two storey brewery almost complete
Brickwork on the east side of the building edging up to the soffits. This shows the pair of double hung sash windows in the classroom (aka function room) - old bricks are looking fabulous.
Reclaimed rimu floorboards from Southern Demolition on the mezzanine floor and 100yr old sarking from a demolished Papanui school house lines the roof in the courtyard area
Well we've worked through our options and the best way forward is for us to manage this project ourselves, keeping on the sub-contractors already involved with the project. So buoyed up with community energy and support we hope to get this thing over the line before we all die of thirst! So work has continued over recent days with brick splitting , mezzanine floorboard laying and sarking lining of the courtyard being the main activities - see photos below. We hope to see bricklayers back on site this week after they were distracted by another job (!) and the electricians are crawling all over the place doing their pre-wire. So we are back in business...........fingers crossed!
2500 half brick 'tiles' for cladding one of the inside walls
A sneaky look into our carpenter's workshop near Springston: the back bar for the Hororata horseshoe bar counter is taking shape, recycled (of course) timbers are replacing the old melamine carcass. Just the countertop to go, then all will need to be dismantled to transport to The Laboratory and be reconstructed on site. Although that's a little way off yet.
Our builder went into liquidation today. The article below appeared in The Press, a now familiar Christchurch story: another building firm goes down. This time it's ours. We are looking at our options in terms of getting this project moving forward again. We are not giving up and we know you are behind us all the way. Check in here for updates, or sign up to our newsletter for the latest news
Checking out the latest purchase from Southern Demolition, hardwood beams for repurposing as.........don't know what yet, just couldn't resist them! The builders are starting to wonder just what will turn up next.
Ian just checking out the first pour (of many!) with Martin. Meanwhile Lisa's parents, Ann and Geoff, beaver away in the background preparing the barbeque in anticipation of starving hordes that did in fact eventuate, despite the southerly blast that always seems to arrive by tradition exactly half an hour before a Laboratory party. Thanks to all our friends and followers who came to help us celebrate - we had a blast!
Here is Ian and the CanBuild team. Thanks guys, you deserve a beer.
Yay, we have our very own Irish bricklayer.......welcome to Rory, here he is laying the very first brick, of 16,000 bricks! Yes, he'll be on site for a few weeks yet to be sure.
We've had the call, builders need windows and bricks! So we are swinging into action, brickies arrive tomorrow and plan to start with the east wall (the one that edges on to the library back entrance pathway) so windows for the function room and toilets were taken down to the site today. Another milestone!
Another lovely job......splitting 1250 bricks lenghtways into 2500 'tiles' for cladding the end wall inside the bar area. They are coming up a treat.
The Council are in final stages of public consultation regarding landscaping around the library, here is the latest perspective image of what we can expect (completion date 19 December!) Click on this link to see the Lincoln Library Landscape Concept Plan
We are planning a heat recovery system to store the energy extracted from brewery/kitchen cool rooms in the form of warm water ready for the next brew. This 1200Lt tank will act like a water 'battery' up in the malt store and supply pre-warmed water to the hot liquor tank in the brewhouse below. It needed to be winched in before the brewery roof goes on.
The brewery roof line is starting to take shape and challenging the oak tree to be the tallest landmark on Gerald Street. Our office window can be seen in the east gable looking out over the kitchen roof to The Laboratory 'green' behind the library.
Graffiti artist Bexis working hard to bring a splash of colour and fun to the hoardings facing on to the back of the library
The staircase to mezzanine in situ. Still a bit rickety and needing some TLC. Turns out the hand rail so too low to comply with building regs blah blah blah... Rest assured, we are determined to make this work!
Check out this awesome article written by Andy Kirk that appeared this month in the Lincoln University Newsletter
Another slice of history leaving the barnyard to transport to the site. Staircase to the mezzanine ready for the road
Here we are looking the length of the bar towards West Belt frontage, the top window is on the mezzanine floor, horseshoe shaped bar to the left where the drainage pipes are:
Admiring the latest Trademe purchase....... good for the coffee station? It'll take a bit more than admiration Miles!
Remember these? Time to dust off the goodies stored in our container to make ready for their new lease of life in The Laboratory
Courtyard trusses were installed today! After years of collecting recycled building materials this was a monumental day. The ex-Wards Brewery trusses are the very first recycled pieces to be incorporated into The Laboratory build - so much more to come.
A trailer load of goodies from Jan at the Mayfield Emporium on its way to a new lease of life at The Laboratory
Oregon pine trusses in all their glory - Angus from Canterbury Strip Co came to the rescue - paint stripper and hand scraping were just not going to cut it!
The bricks have a "W" stamped in the frog. This tells us they were made by Wigram Bros, a firm established by HF later Sir Henry Wigram in 1886. These Woolston based brickworks could produce 100,000 bricks per month, and 170,000 were produced at their Heathcote works where they also ran malthouses. What a wonderful story - these bricks were destined for The Laboratory for sure! Here's a shot of the extraction site.
Another milestone is reached, 15,500 clean red bricks have been lovingly extracted from the soil (ONE by ONE), loaded onto a trailer and stacked beautifully on pallets at the site by superheroes Craig and Tayleur Barnard. 1000 bricks a weekend for the last few months - awesome effort thanks so much you two.
First pour of the concrete pad. Toilets front right of photo, function room front left. Courtyard area beyond that (not a concrete foundation) then the bar area and West Belt frontage in the distance
Passed our first Council Inspection. According to the building schedule it's only 6 weeks before they install the windows. Time to set to on our motley collection of old windows, sanding/priming/refitting new sash cords - that's the reality of using recycled materials - and the charm!
After three years languishing in our yard at home, the trusses reclaimed from the Wards Brewery demolished on corner of Kilmore/Fitzgerald Ave are on their way to 17 West Belt to be cleaned up ready to form the backbone of The Laboratory.
Here we are mid-June, aiming to pour concrete by the end of the month. The section with no polystyrene is the covered courtyard, to the left the toilets and function room, to the right the main bar area.
After 3 years of battling with red tape, we weren't going to surrender to a norwest gale, flying polystyrene and threat of southerly rain, oh no! Our Turning The First Sod party went ahead as planned on Sunday 25 May and a fair few intrepid beer lovers came down to West Belt to help us celebrate. 'Twas a 'Beer with no Pub', but hey, we're working on that. Cheers to all our friends, family and future regulars!
Another chance to listen to a recent interview that Martin had with Jono Corfe broadcast on Plains FM:
These are some scribblings from Professor Dodsworth to let you know what's inside his head and the wonderful vision he has for The Laboratory. It'll be fun to check back here in the months to come to see if he managed to achieve his dream. Here is the view from Gerald Street
Lots of familiar goodies from The Twisted Hop in Poplar Lane stored away safely waiting to be installed in their new home in Lincoln.
The old 600lt brewhouse is carefully removed from Poplar Lane destined for The Laboratory
We've been collecting a lot of stuff to make the new building out of. The backbone of The Laboratory will be a set of trusses salvaged from the demolition of the old Wards Brewery on Fitzgerald Ave (behind Pomeroys), old sash windows, doors, a staircase and even the bar counter from the Hororata Hotel.
Hi folks, here's where you can come to keep up with the latest from The Laboratory. Initailly we will be placing updates of our progress on the build. Later, once we are close to being open, we'll be keeping you privy to our experiments in beer, delectable food and upcoming events.