NWAS Ladybridge Hall

June 2003 onwards

We had the offer of the use of two bays from a five bay garage at GMAS Ladybridge Hall Training School, in Bolton, and also the entire roof space of the garage, a very large area indeed.

At GMAS Ladybridge Hall, the first view of the two bay garage on offer to us..
At GMAS Ladybridge Hall, the first view of the two bay garage on offer to us..

So what felt like many years ago, was in fact only a short time of 1 year ago, 18th June 2003 to be exact, Ex-Team Member and Team supporter Mike Williamson paid a visit to Ladybridge Hall to have a look round, and came up with some suggestions on what we could do.

Mike Williamson, Tony McNally (BMRT Chairman) & Dave Healey have a look at the suggestions Mike has come up with.
Mike Williamson, Tony McNally (BMRT Chairman) & Dave Healey have a look at the suggestions Mike has come up with.

First views of the upstairs room we can use was met with various levels of ideas, horror, and constructive thoughts.

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The room which will become the kitchen area and smaller lecture room
The room which will become the kitchen area and smaller lecture room

The next step was a preparation of the walls so that the builders could start working on the main construction of the innards.

Small working parties, took place to prepare the walls and gave them a base coat of protective paint.
Small working parties, took place to prepare the walls and gave them a base coat of protective paint.
The view after preparing the walls in the main lecture room.
The view after preparing the walls in the main lecture room.

Tony McNally was in charge of the building work, before, during, and after tenders had gone out. The builder was chosen and building work began. The first and most important work was to gain access upstairs by building a stairwell, as previously there had only been a vertical ladder in one of the bays, which was deemed too dangerous to use. A partition wall was created in the garage bay given to us.

Partition wall and stairwell being built downstairs.
Partition wall and stairwell being built downstairs.
A landing had to be built to allow the stairs to be 'legal'.
A landing had to be built to allow the stairs to be ‘legal’.
Partition wall and entrance into the office area and main lecture room.
Partition wall and entrance into the office area and main lecture room.

As soon as the stairs were built it gave us access upstairs and the main building and construction work could take place.

Main lecture area, now with flooring and ceiling insulation in place.
Main lecture area, now with flooring and ceiling insulation in place.
The view from one end of the room to the office area and entrance.
The view from one end of the room to the office area and entrance.
The kitchen units in place, awaiting the water and electrical connections.
The kitchen units in place, awaiting the water and electrical connections.
The area which will become the Control & Admin area.
The area which will become the Control & Admin area.

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