Remember Eddie? He said he might be back on site towards the end of the project when a second phase of groundworks were scheduled. We hit this point in the last 10 days of June, but, alas, no sign of Eddie: either by me from the roadside or via Giuseppe’s photos too. Shots of the new build site at the end of June show a lot of heavy work taking place – hardly surprising with only 2 months to go now.
The areas around the Sports Hall seemed to be the main focus of this noisy site activity. The new path surfaces were now being prepared.
Giuseppe’s close-up Clerk of Works photos explained this now. A false wall had been created to mask the iron girders which were put into place at the very start of the project to secure the embankment.
It seems a very long time ago now, but, on Topping Out Day back on February 23rd 2016, Nick White had shown me the pavement tile destined for all outdoor public areas on the new Tankerville site. In line with school colours, a light-grey, textured tile had been chosen.
Between June 23rd and 29th, these very tiles were being laid high up on the new build’s Roof Terrace. It wasn’t a straightforward job.
Presumably for drainage purposes and also to protect the roofing felt, the pavement of the Roof Terrace was being laid on top of supports. Giuseppe’s photograph below shows the Terrace paved area taking shape as it gradually works its way across to the Living Roof.
If it wasn’t for Giuseppe’s kindness in securing me permission to use his site photographs for the blog, we’d all be oblivious to the fine details of many aspects of the work on both buildings. I mean, walking out onto the solid grey pavement of the Roof Terrace for the first time, would you even have considered what lay underneath you?
Even if I had been able to get on site at this time, none of this work would have been evident to me from the ground, of course. Peter did take me up onto the Roof Terrace when the insulation was being laid, but the new building would have been so full of workmen by now, I wouldn’t have been allowed up there. And quite rightly too. Everyone’s mind by this point was focused solely on meeting that handover deadline. Me and my camera could have got in the way. Anyway, many finishing touches were taking place at roof level now.
Giuseppe’s high vantage point (presumably from a large cherry-picker) affords a wonderful view of the new building’s dual-level roofline looking towards the south. The green area to the far left of the image below is the Living Roof; the lower roof level on this western side of the new build and the positioning of the green roof adjacent to St Mary’s Court were designed with the local residents in mind.
Google Analytics told me this morning someone had just looked at the post I wrote exactly a year ago to-the-day. I noted it was a real-time May Day post sharing with you that the first pieces of copper cladding had arrived onsite. I’m so close to the end of the 2015-16 academic year now that I don’t want to go off at a tangent. Psychologically, I really do need to get us there. However, the events of the past week at NHSG have been so exciting, I can’t resist making just a brief reference to them here. In my last post, I mentioned Zoe Robinson’s first outdoor sculpture commission had been safely delivered and installed by Brian Castor of Powderhall Bronze. Like myself, Zoe taught at Church High and now works at NHSG. She is also now a highly successful Biscuit Factory artist.
Well, I’m very pleased to tell you that last Friday (28th April), Zoe’s magnificent seahorse sculpture was duly unveiled to great acclaim.
Safely secured against any prying eyes, the sculpture spent the intervening week all wrapped up like a parcel in dark green canvas.
It blended in with the design of the new building so well, to be honest, it could very easily have been a modern art installation in itself.
Leaving the site on June 29th, these Wates’ workers were oblivious that where they were walking over was destined for special things.