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.
After 18 months of building work, the end is approaching and we will soon be able to take possession of our lovely new facilities.
If you have visited Gloucestershire Archives since the newly refurbished public area re-opened you will have noticed that we are still a building site. Phase two of the build is now in full swing with the new training suite under construction. We are looking forward to the end of August when all the building work will be completed. Continue reading
The building work is gathering pace with much activity taking place particularly inside the building.
The new windows along the front of the building have been reinstated. (The view on the left was taken from the site manager’s office.) Continue reading
I recently went on holiday and returned to find a lot had changed in the space of a week. It was great to see! So I thought I’d bring you up to speed with what’s been happening since my last post – hopefully you’ll be pleased too. Here goes… Continue reading
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. Continue reading
So, what’s been happening this week? Well, our builders have removed the giant slab that formed the base of the Horsa Hut they demolished last week. The excavator swapped its careful claw for a pummelling pecker and broke it into tiny pieces. Result! You can see, but not hear (unlike those of us working onsite!), this for yourself from the images below – also by clicking on this video link: https://youtu.be/Y6hKgdm3s90
These works are all part of the groundworks needed to prepare the way for the three new specialist storage rooms (‘strongrooms’ in archives-speak) that are going to be built onto the back of our main building. They also involved an unexpected rescue operation: saving and re-homing a displaced hedgehog, now safe in our Archives Support Officer, Jenny’s garden and enjoying the company of other prickly friends.
Back inside, the inner entrance door to the old Archives reception has been removed and the builders are ready to knock down some walls to create the new Heritage Hub spaces. They’ll be able to get on with this as soon as they have the necessary propping design (another new term for my construction vocabulary). I’m discovering there’s a lot more to this building malarkey than meets the eye!
Access & Learning Leader