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CrossFit London's New Location: Update (3)

By December 1, 2017 No Comments

cudworthIt’s been a year since my last post on this issue, and I can only apologise for the severe absence of information since then.
Over the last year we have been in negotiations with Network Rail over our new lease and progress has been glacial (though not for a lack of trying on our part). At the time, it didn’t seem relevant or necessary to tell our members that “no progress has been made because of *insert tedious and seemingly insignificant construction¬†detail* .” In retrospect, however, bad news would have been better than no news, so apologies for not having updated you sooner.
But, the upside of this all is that progress¬†has at last been made! In principal, all the terms of our new lease have been agreed (this is what the last year’s worth of negotiations have been about) and we are just waiting for confirmation and then to take possession of the arches. We expect this to happen before Christmas.
On the new site, works are underway to restore power to the arches so that building can start. This means digging new trenches from the mains to the archways, which will take a few weeks. Additionally, Health & Safety and Construction Design and Management Regulators have been instructed to start their surveys, Architect plans have been finalised, and the Project Manager has been given build deadlines.
In short, assuming we can take possession of the new premises in the next 2-3 weeks, the first phase of the works (which is sandblasting the brick walls of the new arches) can start shortly thereafter, and we would expect to be operational by May!
At the moment it’s all fingers and toes crossed, as I said something astonishingly similar this time last year and here we are, still in Malcolm Place.
As soon as I have more information to pass on, I will do, and in the meantime please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about the move.

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