Upminster train depot is to receive design and construction upgrades, along with Ealing Common depot. A £44.3m contract has been awarded to Taylor Woodrow by London Underground. The upgrades which will include extensions to existing depot buildings, are the result of the imminent arrival of the S7 train fleet. There will also be swimming pool style inspection pits, and in depth modifications to signalling and electrical services. Normal operations will continue throughout the construction work with minimum upheaval caused.
Managing director of Taylor Woodrow, Graham Stanley said: “This is a fantastic contract win for Taylor Woodrow. It is a real honour to work on such a high profile project that will help deliver a better service and ultimately help keep London moving. Throughout the project we will be working in partnership with London Underground to ensure that all works are completed to the highest standard and disruption is kept to a minimum.
It is always exciting when a piece of history is accidentally uncovered, as was the case recently in Upminster. During the restoration of the Grade ll listed windmill in this part of Havering, London, an inscription was discovered. Written in pencil, on the back of a sack hoist almost 70 years ago was “Repairs to mill by E J Bailey S J Green 1955 for H W Wilson”.
The windmill, a well known local landmark, was constructed by James Nokes, a local farmer in 1803. Hailed as one of the very best examples of an English smock mill, the windmill has an extensive history of modifications and maintenance. The latest restoration has been ongoing since 2015, and has included many repairs and replacements such as new sails and a new visitor centre.
The vintage inscription was discovered by Dave Sach, who actually worked for H W Wilson for almost 50 years. He now volunteers on the windmill restoration, and contacted H W Wilson after the find. They went through old records and identified E J Bailey and S J Green in pay records dating from 1950. The former was a carpenter and the latter ‘Stan’ an improver.
H W Wilson managing director Peter Wiffen, said: “We were delighted when Dave Sach brought this to our attention. For almost 100 years H W Wilson has been leaving its mark on the local area and to re-discover this link with such an iconic local landmark underlines this local relationship. “Stan Green is still recalled by some of our employees today. We hope his relatives, and those of Mr Bailey, take some pride in seeing their names etched into Upminster Windmill which will remain there forever more.”
Upminster Infant and Junior schools, in St Mary’s Lane, are to be awarded Government funding towards building upgrades. They are just two of nine schools to benefit from this funding, part of the government’s Condition Improvement Fund. Other schools to benefit from the funding are Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School, The Campion School, Redden Court School, Emerson Park Academy and The Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls. Upminster Infant School, Drapers’ Pyrgo Priory School, Upminster Junior School and Benhurst Primary School will also receive money. The type of work this funding is intended for includes heating replacements, roof replacement and fire safety.
Julia Lopez, MP for Hornchurch and Upminster said: “The need for better school facilities and the burden of maintenance costs are issues raised often with me on school visits. “I am so pleased that those schools most in need of a cash boost are now getting one.”
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