WESTERN MODEL RAILWAY SOCIETY
Acton's model railway enthusiasts are the proud owners of a new clubhouse thanks to a project undertaken by Three Counties Steel Buildings
As it approached its 73rd year, The Western Model Railway Society were eager to redevelop their clubhouse to provide its members with a more modern environment. After searching for the right company to cater for a cause so close to their member's hearts they decided Three Counties Steel Buildings could offer a level of service unrivalled in the steel buildings sector.
When asked to design the society’s clubhouse, Three Counties Steel Buildings provided the Western Model Railway Society with detailed drawings to support their planning application, which was finally granted by Ealing's Planning department in November 2007.
Having connections with model railway enthusiasts on the continent the WMRS were keen to impress with a bespoke steel framed building clubhouse to showcase their personally crafted dioramas. Three Counties Steel Buildings offered the Western Model Railway Society the 'turnkey' package including groundworks and construction of their steel building and fit out with a mezzanine floor.
The project commenced in late September with the old clubhouse being demolished ready for Three Counties Steel Building's team of qualified constructors to move in on site and prepare the groundworks.
The Western Model Railway Society were incredibly grateful to David Kevan, a much missed member for leaving the society funding to bring the clubhouse into the new century. Sadly, in 2007, the society lost one of its beloved members, Ian McKendrick, and Three Counties Steel Buildings halted the laying of the groundworks slab in order for his ashes to be dispersed amongst the foundations in tribute to the much loved model railway enthusiast.
Three Counties Steel Buildings' Project Management Team needed to be precise with scheduling due to the site being situated in such close proximity to the national rail network line in Acton, London. The Great Western main line had to be closed for several nights in order to accommodate the 3CB team of constructors and any margin of error would set the building back another month due to regulations.
The team at Three Counties Steel Buildings completed phase two on the 17th October 2008. On the day Stan Simmons, the WMRS President, was on hand to receive the keys from Three Counties Steel Buildings Ltd Contracts Manager. Stan was hugely grateful to see the projects completion and thanked Ron Bailes and the rest of the members for their hard work. He said: "This building has been a long time in the planning and it is good to see it here at last."
Three Counties Steel Buildings are proud of their association to a society with such loyal and historic membership and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.
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