During piling our main risk is that vibration from the piling will cause concern to the gas company. We have installed vibration monitoring (itself a delay and extensive cost) and the builders have considered how to manage this so we should be OK. Once that is done, actual building can commence.
We are running a few weeks behind schedule - the asbestos delays meant that the piling company could only come in the new year not before Christmas - but should be complete in late summer 2014.
At the 2013 Marlow Town Regatta and Festival, Longridge Canoe Club challenged Marlow Rowing Club to a friendly race: a K4 (4-man) canoe, with Olympic class paddlers against a rowing quad (4-man) sculling boat. MRC put out a junior squad and you can see the result here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p62an8tLfqo
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