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Out of Sight?

Not out of mind in my book. I have a rule that buildings should look as good where you can't see them, as well as in the parts you can. Take the pictures here for example. The first picture shows how some builders will construct something that will not be seen again. This is a chimney breast we are removing in the Rodmell area as part of a full house refurbishment. Just look at that awful mess; bricks thrown in at any angle with no care or attention to detail. In some ways I can understand it, the chimney has been standing for over fifty years and it hasn't fallen down. Nonetheless, it sticks in my graw when I see this kind of workmanship, it's not something I approve of and therefore it's not something we do. I overheard a conversation on site once between two of my staff who were deciding on a 'hidden' detail; "But no one will ever know it's there” said the apprentice, "Nope…but I will" said the carpenter. I like it when I don't even have to open my mouth, and in fairness, I think they probably do to. The second picture shows the inside of an extension we are currently building at The Downs Leisure Centre, in Seaford. It will never be the most architecturally significant building, I accept that, but it is right at that stage in a building project just before everything gets covered up. The floor will shortly disappear behind screed, the walls behind plaster and the timber roof behind a suspended ceiling. Take a look though at the neatness, all that well crafted detail never to be seen again but when I close my eyes at night…I'll know it's there!

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