Since April, the Heritage Hub site – both outside and in – has been a hive of activity.
Externally, we’ve been creating firm foundations. The 26 tonne piling rig shown in the images below arrived on the back of a lorry from Devon. It drilled 87 piles 10 metres deep to underpin our new strong rooms in a matter of days.
Internally, the temporary forest of scaffolding poles is disappearing as the new Hub area develops. Surprisingly, it’s due to be ready for us to move into in early October 2017. We are keen to set up our new home quickly, ready for visitors. And volunteers who are setting up Gloucestershire Family History Centre and Gloucestershire Police Archives @ the Hub are thinking the same. So it’ll be a case of ‘all hands on deck’ as soon as we get the keys! The Archives research room will be closed whilst we do this and we reckon it’ll take just two weeks to get everything done and dusted. We’ll keep you updated with the latest news, including the opening date for the Hub, via this blog and our website gloucestershire.gov.uk/archives
The images above show the state of play as it is now. You can hover your mouse over them for captions if you’ve visited our premises in the past and are struggling to get your bearings.
Our move won’t be the end of the journey for Hub building works. These will continue for a further six months, creating a new main entrance, foyer, training suite, strong rooms and community garden.
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