There used to be a bench here; Linford’s bench, given to the Bedlam by the parents of an ex-member, who died in a car crash.
Otherwise there isn’t much to say here. The barrels and the pallets are from a few fringes ago.
The roof at the front of the building can be accessed with a ladder to put up the banners. To put banners up you need to haul them up to the roof and tie them securely onto the eyelets on the roof, the head of the fat cat then ties onto the archway. You need to talk to EUSA Estates who will talk to the UoE Master of Works to get permission to go up there.
There are also three lamps up there of a PowerFlood PFH150 desination that take R7 Lamps. They were installed in a 2000ish Fringe.
The fire escape and bins are here. There is also a tree here, it’s been there for a while.
The disabled access ramp is only of limited use because people can’t use it when a show is on. This has caused problems in the past with people having to sit in the rain for half an hour. Make sure that people who want to use it are told to turn up 20 mins before a show not half an hour and get the seats out as soon as you can. The seats need to be removed so that the fire escapes are clear which is a condition of out license. It was installed in 1996 at the cost of £6000
The back gate shouldn’t locked if you can avoid it, though it is usually done so during Fringe. The main gate was changed in 2021 as the old design blocked the ramp when open.
The side door is and has been for a while, though the inside was blue at least once (see admin block )
In 1913 they had a similar window above the main door and gates.
The fencing was taken down during the war for the war effort. In 1984 they had a gate and benches. The gate was there until at least 92? probably longer, but they’re definitely gone by 2003.
Overall the building started to turn dark and darker over time. There was red concrete which at one point was changed into tarmac.
In the summer of 2012 the whole exterior of the building got improved, by general roof fixing, cleaning of the sandstone, the changing of the front door (at least the window bit) and the re-installation of the gates (they original gates had been removed in WW2). This all cost the uni around 500.000 pounds.Heritage Scotland also played a big part in this (definitely in funding as well), which might explain the historical accuracy when looking at the 1913 image.
Here below are 2 pictures, one from before, and one from after that rennovation.
There are two poster boxes for shows to put their posters in. There used to be three (the third one being by the fire exit gate), but it kept being damaged and it was just slowly forgotten about.
The 1k floods were replaced for fringe 2001 and use K4 lamps. They burn through gel really quickly so you need to come up with an alternative if you want to colour them. To switch them on you need to turn on the breaker and the switch in the fuse cupboard in the side entrance.
On the Forest Road side of the building are three overflow pipes for the water tanks. If there is water coming out of these it means that one of the tanks is overflowing. Having water coming out of these is bad for two reasons, one it wastes water and two it empties straight into the foundations which will cause the building to fall down quicker. The easiest way to get them fixed is by reporting it to the Works Department who will send someone to do it.