Blogging a Building 22 – New signs of life, by Kim Kenny

After a period of hibernation the Heritage Hub building project has come back to life. On 1st April 2019, our new contractors, Beard Construction, took over from where Lakehouse left off.  Beard is aiming to complete the building project by August 2019.

There has been plenty of activity on site and we were particularly pleased when the tarmacking was complete at the rear of the building because finally staff and visitors could once again park safely on site.

A trip down memory lane – the Horsa Huts before demolition and where part of the new car park is now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other parts of the building have come a long way since last year.  The new strongrooms are now nearly complete.

The parts of the building still to complete include the new entrance and Dunrossil Centre, fitting out the new strongrooms with three miles of mobile racking, and finishing off the Chester-Master room (where the office for the Police Archives will be situated) and the Gloucestershire Family History Society’s office.

We are looking forward to July/August when we will welcome staff from the Police Archive into the Heritage Hub and also illustrator Imogen Harvey-Lewis.  Imogen will be on site to complete the final artworks for the Arts Council England funded artist project.  This will include a mural in the new entrance lobby and artwork on the wall at the front of the building.

We are grateful to Gloucestershire County Council for making this possible and to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for extending the Activity Plan to December 2020.

 

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