Fawkham Village Hall Closure: update

Discussions have been ongoing with the hall’s insurers to make sure the hall will be reinsured following repair work. This has necessitated the instruction of a Building Surveyor to prepare drawings of the work required, and the application for a Building Notice to SDC’s Building Control. We are pleased to say that the repair work is starting this week and it is anticipated, if all goes to plan, that this will be completed by 19th April. We are sorry for the length of time this has taken, although we are working hard to ensure that the hall may be reopened as quickly as possible. We will keep you updated with progress.

Background: Following storms in November, structural damage was found to the rear wall of the hall. Investigations were conducted by structural engineer appointed by the insurers which concluded that the cause of the problem relates to the method used when replacement windows were installed in 2017. Unfortunately the same issue was found, albeit to lesser extent, with the replacement windows installed to the front wall in 2010. This was confirmed in a report commissioned by the hall’s Trustee to ascertain what work was required to repair the damage. The insurers declined to cover the cost of the work as it relates to poor workmanship. The window installation business was contacted but does not have the required insurance policies in place against which to claim. Three quotes were obtained for the repair work and a supplier selected.