Newfoundland National War Memorial
Specification of work to be done in the construction
of Concrete Footpaths, Steps, Channelways, Crossings, etc., at the King’s
Beach, St. John’s, Newfoundland.
- The work shall be carried out in accordance with
the Drawings (marked No. 1 and No. 2 ) and this Specification.
- The “Employer” shall mean the Revd. Lt. Col. T.
Nangle, C. F. The “Contractor” shall mean the person or persons whose
tender shall be accepted for the work.
- During the progress of the work the care and risk
of same shall be entirely with the Contractor who shall defray all
damages, costs and expenses occasioned by, or contingent on, injury by
or on account of the acts or omissions by himself, his agents, servants
or workmen, or arising by reason of the execution of the works, whether
the same shall happen to servants or employees of the Contractor, or to
the works under contract, or to persons or property; and he shall hold
the employer harmless in respect thereof.
- The Contractor shall provide, at his own cost, all
temporary means of access to the adjacent property during the progress
of the work.
- The Contractor shall employ a reliable watchmen at
night and provide proper lighting and fencing for the protection of the
- The work to be commenced immediately after the
Contract has been signed and completed in all respects not later than
the 12th day of June 1924. If the Contractor fail to complete
the work by this date he shall pay or allow to the employer the sum of
One Hundred dollars per day as liquidated and ascertained damages for
every day beyond the said date during which the work shall remain
- Payments shall be made at intervals at the rate of
85 percent of the certified gross valuation of the work executed the
remaining 15 percent being held as retention money until three months
from the completion of the work. In case of any defects showing in the
work during this period he shall be made the same good at his own
expense; and if he neglects or refuses to do so when called upon the
Employer shall be empowered to do so and to deduct the cost of same from
the retention money; and if the cost exceeds the amount retained the
Employer will be at liberty to sue for the balance.
- The Cement, broken stone, gravel, rubble, stone
setts and C.I. pipes shall be provided by the Employer and delivered at
the King’s Beach. All other materials required for the execution of the
work together with tools, plant and labour, skilled and unskilled, shall
be provided by the Contractor.
- Excavate over the site of footpath to a sufficient
depth to obtain a firm and solid bed for the foundation. On top of this
bed lay a foundation for a depth of at least 12 inches consisting of
rubble, closely packed and rammed together.
- On top of the foundation form the steps and
landings of Concrete composed of 4 parts broken stone, 2 parts sand and
1 part Portland Cement. thoroughly mixed dry, after which the proper
amount of water shall be added to yield what is known as a “wet
mixture”, and the mixing continued until the Concrete is uniform. The
Concrete must be used immediately after mixing and well rammed to secure
solidity and properly prepared to receive the top coat described in
Clause (6). The minimum thickness of this Concrete shall be 4 ½ inches
and stone will be supplied for fillers which are to be used as directed
by the Employer. A Cross fall of 1 inch to be given from the building
line to the Channel.
- At the foot of each range of steps and where
otherwise indicated on the Drawings leave expansion joint ¼ inch wide
and insert a strip of 3 ply Ruberiod as shown on Detail ( Drawing No.
1). The footpath and steps are to be formed by Concreting the alternate
bays or portions between expansion joints; and no two adjacent bays are
to be concreted at one time.
- On the landings (where marked “Joint X”) strips of
wood ¼ inch thick are to be inserted in the Concrete. These strips to be
surrounded with tar paper and they shall be removed when the concrete
has sufficiently set.
- The top coating of treads, faces of risers and
landings to be 1 ½ inch thick consisting of 2 parts clean sharp sand to
1 part Portland Cement. The surface to be neatly trowelled, true and free
from wind and hollows. This top coat shall be applied immediately after
the underlying concrete has been deposited.
- All the steps shall show a finished rise of 6
ins., and a tread of 12 ins., and any steps not conforming strictly with
these dimensions will be rejected and must be replaced by the
- When the Concrete has sufficiently set the forms
are to be taken down and the outer sides of the steps to be thoroughly
rubbed and floated and left in all respects neat and even.
- All external edges of steps and landings to be
finished with a 1 in. diameter nosing.
- Leave where shown holes for trees 2 feet diameter
at top and 2 feet 9 ins. diameter at a depth of 4 feet below the
finished surface of footpath. Leave at places which shall be pointed out
later eight holes (6 in. diameter ) for posts for hand railing in the
ranges of steps on East Side, South of the present lane.
Stone sett approaches to Lanes to be
constructed where shown, Lay a foundation of Concrete 6 ins., deep. On
this spread a bed of Sand 1 in. thick on top of which the stone setts
are to be hedded accurately to break joint, the ends butting against
each other. The Setts to be beaten down with a heavy maul until a level
surface has been obtained. Any broken setts to be taken out and
replaced. The joints to be filled with stone chippings and grouted with
material composed of Cement and Sand in equal proportions, spread over
the surface in a liquid state and brushed into the joints till they are
Flat channels 2 feet long x 15 ins. wide x
4 ins. thick to be formed of Concrete composed of 4 parts chipping, 2
parts Sand and 1 part Cement. These channels to be accurately laid to
grade at side of footpath where shown.
Lay 16 in. C.I. pipes where shown under the
sett pavement at Lane approaches, and build catch pits of Concrete 6
ins. thick in sides and bottoms.
The present gullies shall be re-set by the
Municipal Council, but the Contractor shall build a 6 in. x 6 in.
Concrete Curb around same.
work shall be left on completion in all respects neat and perfect.
NINETY PERCENT OF MEN EMPLOYED TO BE MEMBERS OF THE GREAT WAR
ALL WORK TO BE DONE TO THE SATISFACTION OF
AN INSPECTOR APPOINTED BY THE EMPLOYER.
Source: GN 49, Box 2, High Commissioners Office, War
Memorial Correspondence, The Rooms, Provincial Archives, St. John's, NL