by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer

There are lots of bits and bobs to wrap up in this month’s #BuildUpdate post.

One of the biggest pieces of news is that the contract for the fit out of our gallery spaces has been awarded to The Hub. This is a really exciting development for us! The Hub have created the Victoria and Albert Museum’s blockbuster David Bowie exhibition, the ‘Age of the Dinosaur’ exhibition at the Natural History Museum and ‘Nelson, Navy and Nation’ at the National Maritime Museum.

Their portfolio of projects range from a super-modern cyber security exhibition at Bletchley Park to the sensitive showcasing of ancient documents in the Museum of Arabic Science Kuwait. You can read the full press release here. We’ll no doubt have lots of updates and behind the scenes news to share with you once their fit out work begins.

We’ve welcomed a range of different groups to the construction site over the last few weeks too. One visit was attended by South West Women in Construction, who really enjoyed their insight into what’s going on. This photo collage from their visit was posted on Twitter.

SWWIC Hard Hat Tour of The Box, 5 October 2018

Thanks to Eleni Kalyva for this image.

We also welcomed members of the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership Board to site who described The Box as part of the city’s ‘significant investment and development’.

Waterfront Partnership Board visit to The Box, 5 October 2018

Representatives from a range of national arts publications also came to the construction site recently. They were in Plymouth for a press tour of the Atlantic Project, a pilot for a festival of international art that we supported. While they were in the city to look at the artworks they decided to see what we’re working on too. The image below shows our CEO with them in St Luke’s Church. You can see that the scaffolding inside the building has now been removed.

National press trip to The Box, Plymouth in September 2018

Across the road from St Luke’s a great deal of work has been done to the extension. Take a look at the most recent footage from our web cam to see more.

This image also shows some of the work being done to clad the extension.

Work on extension to The Box, October 2018

Zooming out, here’s an up-to-date image from the web cam.

The Box Web Cam - 30 October 2018

What a massive difference from a year ago when we were just about to take delivery of our tower crane and were in the middle of our reduced level dig………..

Photograph from The Box web cam, 9 August 2017

I’ll round off today’s post with two great image montages posted on Twitter by our Quantity Surveyor earlier this week. They also give a great insight into how much things are moving on!

The Box Progress Montage1 - 29 October 2018

The Box Progress Montage2 - 29 October 2018

Thanks to Emma Martin for these images.