Build Update, 28 November 2018: Polish, plaster and paint
by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer
2018 has gone by so quickly. It’s hard to believe this is the penultimate #BuildUpdate of the year!
There are plenty of things to highlight from the construction site this month.
The first thing is the installation of the restored stained-glass windows in St Luke’s Church. This has involved some wonderful traditional craft techniques and is now complete. We’ll be covering this in a more detailed post with some video clips at the end of the week.
Elsewhere in St Luke’s, a specialist contractor has finished polishing the concrete floor. This space has been completely transformed over the last few months. It’s going to make a really striking exhibition and events venue when all the work is done.
In the main building, the re-fixing of new decorative plaster in the Atrium of the former Museum is complete, a glass balustrade has been installed in what will be our ‘Active Archive’ gallery and hanging steels for the figureheads are being installed. The image below isn’t the most interesting picture I’ve ever taken – but you can see the hanging steels in situ.
Acoustic ceiling tiles have been installed in the ‘Our Art’ gallery and the room where our ‘Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy’ exhibition will be displayed. This space is really looking different now with the walls painted in a shade known as ‘Traffic Light Black’.
Willmott Dixon, our building contractors, have continued to host hard hat tours to private groups including Job Centre Plus and the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers. As always, everyone has given great feedback and has really enjoyed their chance to see behind the scenes.
Outside, the installation of the rails around our ‘box in the sky’ have also been finished – as you can see from this image.
I’ve stitched together some short video clips showing the contractors as they complete the job. Apologies for the wobbly sections – it was a windy day!
Willmott Dixon will be moving their site offices to the former Social Club car park before Christmas and the car park is currently being prepared. The drilled out sections you can see in this image will be filled with concrete to provide a robust base for the site cabins.
……….to finish here’s a quick comparison between the site last November……….
………. and this November……….
……….I think I’ve said this in previous posts, but it’s amazing what a difference the last 12 months have made. Keep an eye out for our additional post about the St Luke’s windows at the end of the week and thanks for reading!