Build Update, 25 April 2018: The cantilever starts to take shape
by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer
Our web cam has been out of action this month while the College of Art undertakes some maintenance work on their building, but today’s post includes a few snaps that you’ll hopefully find interesting.
In terms of construction, the most visible changes this month are to our main extension. This is located on Tavistock Place where the back of the former Museum and Art Gallery and Central Library used to be. When The Box opens in 2020 this will be the main entrance for our visitors.
This image was taken on 4 April and you can see how the different floors are beginning to take shape. On the left hand side of the image you can see the start of the cantilever too – the ‘box in the sky’ that will house our archives.
This image was taken a couple of weeks later on 17 April and it’s clear to see that a good deal of progress has been made in quite a short space of time.
As a reminder, here’s our visual looking from the top of Tavistock Place towards St Luke’s Church and the College of Art from a similar angle, and which gives an idea of what we’re aiming to achieve.
To complete the picture, this image was taken from the opposite end of Tavistock Place on 24 April. It’s amazing what a difference a few days can make (with the weather too!)
It’s been another hectic month for hard hat tours too. As well as showing a number of people around the site on our public tours, building contractors Willmott Dixon have welcomed members from Women in Property South West, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Women’s Institute (pictured below).
As always, everyone has really enjoyed taking a look behind the scenes.
Finally, if you read last month’s ‘Build Update’ you’ll remember me mentioning that The Box was going to be featured in a new exhibition by artist Richard Allman at the Theatre Royal.
‘Another Side of Plymouth’ is sponsored by Willmott Dixon and is now on display in the theatre’s first floor gallery. It includes a number of works that show the city from unexpected angles. Five of them focus on the construction work currently taking place at The Box. The exhibition is free to view until 27 June.