Progress on our Oxford Road entrance

9 10 2014

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Its been a while since the last blog post, but there has been much progress on site, with the biggest difference being visible at the Oxford Road side of the building. A month or two ago, staff ceased to be able to enter the building through the original portico and we currently have a temporary side entrance. From then onwards, our new contractors, Manchester & Cheshire have been busy reconfiguring the stone steps, removing the brick and terracotta walls and levelling out the ground to make our new landscaped frontage and sculpture terrace.

The following images chart this progress:

Each stone step is numbered before removal

Each stone step is numbered before removal

This one is number 38!

This one is number 38!

The brick structure beneath the stone steps revealed

The brick structure beneath the stone steps revealed

The Mike Lyons sculpture 'Phalanx' is carefully removed from site

The Mike Lyons sculpture ‘Phalanx’ is carefully removed from site

Foundations are put in place for siting sculpture and for the new steps and disabled access

Foundations are put in place for siting sculpture and for the new steps and disabled access

New stone steps are carefully aligned and laid in place

New stone steps are carefully aligned and laid in place

The base for a new set of steps is constructed near the gates onto Oxford Road

The base for a new set of steps is constructed near the gates onto Oxford Road

While the new build element of our project is still somewhat hidden behind the hoardings at the park side of the Gallery, everyone passing can enjoy progress at the Oxford Road side. We are now counting down to our reopening to the public on Saturday 14 February 2015 and excitement is growing – we can’t wait to welcome everyone back into our lovely building, both the old and the new.

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Progress on site

4 04 2014

Progress on site

No major story to report on this week, so today’s blog post will be a series of recent photos showing progress on site – so first up is a photograph taken a couple of weeks ago when we had a crane back on site for the delivery of paving slabs onto the roof of the Promenade – I loved the combination of the glazing, the white crane and the glorious blue sky!

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Next we have an image of the triangular shaped piers between the windows from the Lower Promenade, facing out into the Art Garden – there will be seats between them, making it a lovely place to sit in the summer.

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Inside the Lower promenade, our ISG contractors are hard at work on the new brick arches to the Collections Access Area. Wooden formers have been made to support the bricks as they are laid. Over the next few weeks, new glazed screens will be installed in each of the arches (Go to: https://capitaldevelopmentwhitworth.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/art-auction-raises-money-for-our-new-collections-access-facilities/, for a reminder of how this new facility will look and feel).

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And finally, work is progressing on the lift shaft that will provide access from the south end of our Textile Gallery down to cloakroom facilities on the lower ground floor, and up to the new Grand Hall at first floor level. A considerable amount of earth has been dug out to a level below the existing foundations of the building, and these have been underpinned with concrete – visible to the right of the photo.