||Ham Scout Group:
HQ refurbishment project
Ham Scout Group Hut Renovation Project
About the hut
The group was formed in 1946 during the post-war expansion of
housing in Ham and North
Kingston, initially linked to St Andrews Church. As the group expanded, meetings
moved to Grey Court School. The group were eventually
successful in leasing a plot of land in the south-east corner of
the school playing field, where parents and local tradespeople
built the group’s headquarters “hut” which formally opened in 1967.
Plot and access
The front of the plot is accessed from the footpath and bridleway "South Avenue"
between Ham Common and Ham
House. It is difficult but possible to drive a long wheelbase van between the bollards defining the bridleway from the Ham Common car park to the south, but there is wider access to the bridleway from the Sandy Lane end, and this has been used for skip and materials delivery in the past.
The frontage steel fencing is maintained by the local authority as part of Greycourt Scool boundary. A double steel gate provides normal pedestrian access to the plot, but the southernmost fence panel can also be unbolted to provide slightly wider access for the group's horsebox or other needs.
The southern boundary fencing is maintained by the neighbouring properties on Ham Common. The north and west boundaries which adjoin Ham and Petersham Tennis Club are maintained by the group.
Walls and roof
The hut comprises breeze-block and brick walls built between one-and-a-half-brick square pillars set with centres 3.06m apart.
This creates three sections front and rear and five sections along the sides. The hut therefore measures just over 9m wide by 15m long.
The side pillars and walls are about 3.5m high.
The three central side pillars support steel purlins spanning the width of the hut and the roof is supported by these and the end walls.
The ridge is approximately 6m above ground.
The roof was installed in 2014 comprising 100mm-insulated 'plastisol'-coated steel panels. Steel gutters drain into a single downpipe either side which lead to soakaways.
External doors and windows
Access to the building is provided by two pairs of steel doors to front and north side, secured by heavy-duty padlocked steel bars. Immediately inside the doorways interior are door mats embedded within floor tiles, forming a slight threshold step which is a minor obstacle for wheelchair users.
Single-glazed windows are set in the side and rear walls. The side windows are all 190x125cm but the rear windows vary. The windows are secured by steel mesh grilles all round, mounted on four wall-bolts.
The concrete floor base is covered by a timber floor supported on rows of single bricks and possibly timber joists as well. Much of the perimeter of the hall comprises timber benching providing storage and robust informal seating. These benches are set on a single-brick base above the concrete and are 55cm high by
The rear, western, section between the final pillars and end wall is partitioned across the width into three compartments defined by the end-wall pillars: separate male and female cloakrooms, a kitchen
and a meeting room/office (known as the "Court of Honour Room") respectively.
Above these is a loft space used for storage, accessed by a staircase situated in the central (kitchen) section. Storage space
below the stairs is accessed from the "Court of Honour Room".
Mains electricity and gas enter the property in the south-east corner with meters and fuse boxes located in the storage benches.
Heating is provided by two "Kestrel" fan-assisted gas heaters located in the north-east and south-west corners of the hall, fitted with automated shut-off timers. Gas piping extends to capped outlets in the kitchen and Court of Honour Room.
Mains water enters at a metered point in the kitchen. Mains
drainage is effected to an inspection pit outside the south west
corner of the building, linking to a further pit in the Avenue and
onwards to Ham Common. Onward electricity, water and sewage
services are provided to the adjacent Ham and Petersham Tennis Club
pavilion building within the school paying field area. Landline
telephone service arrives externally at the south-east corner and
exterior cabling connects to a main socket in the Court of Honour
Renovation and improvement works required
- Create more accessible surface between Avenue footpath and main
entrance in conjunction with local authority
- Replace porches covering main and side entrances
- replace/install external lighting at front and side
- re-paint external doors inside and out
- inspect and replace door bolts and fastenings as required
- repair/replace floor tiles at entrance doorways and replace doormats
- eliminate slight step at threshold to facilitate wheelchair access
- repair/replace wire mesh fencing north (~25m) and west (~15m) adjoining H&P Tennis
- repair/replace window security grille mounting bolts all round
- replace single-glazing with double-glazing all round allowing for ventilation given restricted outward opening
- repair minor mortar cracks in walls, repair/place rendering all round and re-paint
- reset steel external gas secure storage cupboard on new concrete base and repaint oxide
- refurbish kitchen and provide disabled access
- redevelop M/F toilets and cloakroom to provide accessible
NB note that the breeze-block partition wall between M/F cloakrooms may be load-bearing
- install rapid-fill WC cisterns
- (re)install gas boiler and provide hot water supply to cloakroom basins and
kitchen sink (gas pipe in kitchen or from south west heater in hall)
- re-plumb accordingly and, preferably, remove header tank in loft
- replace and test all wiring and remove various relics of former alarm and PA
- replace all electrical sockets (approx 20 No), replacing single with double in
most instances and provide additional sockets in kitchen and Court of
- Install fitted shelving/cupboards for books, files, and small items in Court of Honour Room
- replace all light fittings (7 batten, 3 strip) excluding suspended dual strip-lights in main hall space
- install appropriate heating in Court of Honour Room (NB gas supply and former exhaust vent present)
- repair and renovate perimeter timber storage benches all round
- sand and polish timber floors all round
- repair floor tiling around external doors and replace doormats
Court of Honour Room