This year’s first subsidy agreement signed!

Rozbiórka dachu hali wachlarzowej

In the beginning of March we have signed the first in this year subsidy agreement. The City President of Skierniewice has assigned a support of 7000 PLN at the open bid for public interest organizations to the task “Adaptation of historical Engine Shed buildings to the museum and cultural purposes”. The project’ total worth is 8750 PLN  – the remaining amount are the own assets required by the bid. It will be devoted to prepare the technical documentation vital for further repairs of the Shed’s facilities.


Another subsidy for roof repairs

Dach - kanał 4 Several weeks ago we reported that we are waiting for results of two subsidy competitions to which we applied for assets for further roof repairs. On Friday, 24th October the City Council of Skierniewice approved the result of one of them assigning to PARE 50 000PLN for repair of 300 sq. meters of roundhouse roof! There’s only a couple of documents left to be filled in and with the beginning of November we can start the works on the roof above stands 4 to 6. Therefore, in next years a whole interior of the roundhouse will be available for visitors.

Urząd Miasta Skierniewice

Another stage of roof repair finished

Dach - kanał 7 On the last days of September the repair works of roundhouse roof were inspected. The repairs were sponsored by Conservationist Office of Łódź Voivodship (35 000PLN) and 1% of income tax for PARE (more than 20 000PLN). Works were conducted perfectly by company “Marbudex” from Skierniewice and included total replacement of roof cladding above stands 7 to 9. However, this is not an end of the renovation works – we hope that before the start of season 2015 the whole interior of the roundhouse will be available to visitors.

Łódzki Wojewódzki Konserwator Zabytków


Continuing repairs of roundhouse’s roof

For last couple of weeks another stage of roundhouse’s roof repairs goes on. Works, partially sponsored by Voivodeship Conservationist of Łódź (35000 PLN), encompass the roof above stands № 7 to 9. The contractor of the works is company “Marbudex” from Skierniewice.

Remont dachu ze środków ŁWKZ - rusztowania Remont dachu ze środków ŁWKZ - rolki papy

Current repairs, when finished, will allow us to significantly extend the sightseeing route inside the roundhouse. It would not be possible if not for you generous support in form of 1% of income tax for PARE. Thanks to the record-breaking amount of 33000 PLN we were able to provide the initial assets not only for current works, but also for the future projects.

Thank you!

Another stage of roof repairs finished.

On 10th July, conservationist service inspected the roundhouse’s roof works above stands 1-3, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (50 000 PLN). The company “Marbudex” from Skierniewice has completed its task perfectly. In a couple of days another stage of works above stands 7-9 will begin. We are still collecting assets to finance the last part of required repairs above stands 4-6, so after completing the repairs, starting from May 2015, the whole interior of the roundhouse together with all exhibits inside will be available for sightseeing.

Dach z dotacji MKiDN Tablica informacyjna o dotacji MKiDN

New grants for roundhouse roof repairs!

Zbieramy wkład własny na dotacje 2014 We would like to calm all concerned about a lack of news regarding grants – we have already received two confirmations of reserved assets for PARE – one from the Ministry of Culture and one from Łódź Voivodeship Conservationist. However, in order to ensure that we actually receive the granted assets, we have to fill in and send to the grantgivers all the required documents.  As for now, we are collecting the remaining documentation and agreements .

Yet, another grant application is in progress and we are already aware that the total sum of required own assets exceeds the total income from 1% of income tax from lat year. Therefore, we would be grateful if you will not forget about PARE when filling in tax declaration.


Be faster than Xaver

As each year, the winter came to the Engine Shed suddenly and unexpectedly, bringing the “standard package” of snow, icicles and ice-cold wind.

Zimowe parowozy Sople na przybudówce elektryków

Icy and extreme blows of storm ‘Xaver’, ravaging north-western Europe, thankfully spared us. We ended up with several glass panes blown out in the workshop corridor and a missing blower casing from foundry house. By the way ‘Xaver’ also trimmed the nearby poplar trees from excessive branches.

Prace przy kominie Odnowiony komin

There is also an opportunity to celebrate. Namely, we managed to complete all emergency building works. While inspecting the results of the roof works on the machine house, we noticed a massive crack and split across the chimney. Closer investigation revealed that the chimney is in danger of falling apart and damaging the renewed roof. So, after the hasty search for a contractor, a building team completed the required repairs, checking by the way if the smoke ducts have the expected draught. The work required disassembling and then reassembling of the part of the tile-cladded roof. Happily, we’ve managed to finish the bricklaying before the temperature fell below zero.


Review of Roundhouse Roof

In parallel with the emergency repair of machine room roof, there was finished review of roundhouse roof (in place that is wall adjacent to the machine room) which started last year. This time the review covered approximately 300 square meters of slope roofing, reviewed and supplemented to cover the tin crown of the gable wall of the main hall. We hope to perform next part of the review in the autumn, after accumulating adequate funds.

Emergency Roof Repair

In the current year, a few days after snow disappearance, we resumed operations at the review of our roundhouse roof. We were alarmed by visible dislocation of a few rafters supporting the machine room roof surface. This dislocation caused a leak, which has become a serious wake-up call. The roof of the machine room is under our special supervision because of its interesting, original, wooden structure with large spans, dated to 1942. Wooden beams require absolute protection against moisture.

Usterki dachu hali warsztatowej Usterki dachu hali warsztatowej

During the inspection, it turned out that a few rafters, based in the wall of adjacent to the hall workshop building could not stand the pressure of snow sliding down on the steep roof of the workshop. The real reason for this was mouldered old rafter ends, there was no doubt that for decades they were exposed to moisture while beeing in spot difficult to seal.

Due to the urgent need for immediate emergency repairs it was carried out. The roof of the machine room on the two sections was removed, the old rafters were removed and replaced with new ones then the new roof surface with flashings and guttering was placed.

Naprawa dachu hali warsztatowej Naprawa dachu hali warsztatowej

Repair work was very complicated because of the need to carry them out with far-reaching care – in the hall there are valuable, old machine tools. At the work time the equipment most vulnerable to damage or flooding has been secured, but moving scaffolding in the hall occupied by units was still very difficult.

Zabezpieczenie urządzeń na czas naprawy dachu Materiały do naprawy dachu

The emergency repair was ended in mid-April. During the repair we newly made about 120 square meters of the machine room roof covering.