by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer

Welcome to our September Build Update. The months are certainly flying by now. The Museum and Art Gallery closed 3 years ago and this time next year we’ll be open and in the midst of the city’s Mayflower 400 commemorations.

Our workloads are ramping up behind the scenes and a raft of preparations, planning meetings and training sessions are taking place. Creating a brand new venue and visitor experience means there is and will continue to be a great deal to do!

Here’s a recent external view of our main building which was posted on Twitter. Hopefully you can see that the underside of the cantilever has now been clad in white.

Photo of exterior of The Box, Plymouth in September 2019

An external view of St Luke’s Church was shared on the same post. We’re really looking forward to being able to show off this building to our visitors.

Photo of St Luke's Church at The Box, Plymouth in September 2019

Here’s the latest time lapse footage from the construction site web cam in case you haven’t yet caught it on our social media or YouTube channels.

The team at MPC, one of the companies who are working on site, have recently shared some behind the scenes information and images on their Instagram channel. They specialise in plastering, rendering and roofing and their team has been hard at work in our main building – skimming walls and high level bulkheads to create a clean and modern finish.

Photo of the inside of The Box, Plymouth whilst under construction

In St Luke’s Church they’ve repaired areas of the original and blown lime plaster using traditional techniques. This has involved plastering on to the existing hardwood lath – the thin strips or slats of wood that form a foundation for the plaster.

Photo of the plastering work inside St Luke's Church at The Box, Plymouth

The biggest milestone on site this month is the removal of the scaffolding – an activity which signifies that the end of construction work is in sight. You can read a copy of the press release that was issued by our main building contractors Willmott Dixon here. If you’ve walked or driven into the city centre this week you may have already noticed that things are changing on the North Hill side of the building!

The scaffolding has been up for more than two years and has provided a temporary roof over the former Central Library building and protected the general public while restoration work has taken place. Dismantling it will continue throughout the rest of the month and into the first half of October. The two images below show the progress that’s been made over the last three days. It will be great to finally see all that beautiful Edwardian architecture again.

Monday 23 September 2019 – part of the building wrap is off ready for the first section of scaffolding to be removed……….

Photo of the scaffolding being removed from the front of The Box, Plymouth - September 2019

……….Wednesday 25 September 2019 – the first section of scaffolding is gone and the next section of the building wrap is off.

Photo of the front of The Box - 25 September 2019