Good news! We’ve just started a new project, completely rebuilding our pilgrims accommodation.
It’s important to live simply when you come on pilgrimage. But many of our old chalets and caravans are long past their best, becoming more and more inefficient to heat and keep clean. These old facilities present quite a challenge for elderly pilgrims, or those with health problems.
So in February 2017 we began demolition – removing the old family rooms, our stores wagon and two of the caravans, in order to make way for a brand new accommodation block. We’ll build it in three sections, so pilgrims still have somewhere to stay whilst we build.
Here are the full plans for all three blocks:
In keeping with the spirit of simplicity, the new development will offer basic, free accommodation for pilgrims. The big difference will be that it will be warmer, drier and much more accessible for elderly and disabled guests.
The development also offers more choice for guests. There are double and single rooms with shared toilets and showers, and for our disabled pilgrims there are rooms with adjoining ensuite bathrooms.
We’ve just started building sections one and two:
The new accommodation is being built on stilts to prevent damage to the roots of the neighbouring trees when we dig the foundations. Raising the building up on stilts enables pilgrims to enter the building directly from the track (where they park their cars) rather than from the riverside.
The new building will be heated using wood chips from Skanda Vale’s own forest, so we will be self sufficient for heating energy and non dependent on fossil fuels. The new building will also be highly insulated to reduce the amount of heat lost through the walls and ceiling.
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