Preparatory external work has begun at last on the first phase of Chilworth Hall’s refurbishment. The project will move into top gear from July 25th, and the Hall will be closed through September 7th. These pictures show the start of construction of a new stage fire escape. The existing door, the brick staircase of which was pulling away from the building, will be replaced by a new south side door, integrated with a new disabled ramp connecting to the existing small hall fire escape crash doors. Removal of the existing brick staircase will make pedestrian access from the car park to the main door much safer.