End of the Big Dig!



July 27, 2015

We are pleased to announce that bulk excavation on the Exhibition Road Building site is now finished, after nearly 4 months of non-stop digging!

While there are some areas still requiring minor excavation work, over 22,000 cubic metres of soil has been removed from site. The spaces for the new exhibitions gallery, feature staircase and back of house areas are now formed, and the concreting works that will form the basement slab are scheduled to begin this week.

Below are some recent images taken of the progress, including a picture showing some of the contractors in the lowest point on site (nearly 20 metres below street level!) and an image taken from the future basement area, which will contain object handling and preparation spaces for the gallery above.

The next large phase of work will begin in August. The 13 large steel trusses that will form the structure for the courtyard and gallery roof will be delivered to the site and craned into place.

Toureen contractors 20 metres below street level
Toureen contractors 20 metres below street level
New basement spaces supporting the Exhibition Gallery above
New basement spaces supporting the Exhibition Gallery above
Aerial shot of the site and the ‘moleholes’ that allowed excavation to take place below the gallery floor
View of the site from the Science Museum roof
View of the site from the Natural History Museum
Visualisation of steelwork spanning the site
Visualisation of steelwork spanning the site
Welders from Bourne Steel working on a section of one of the 13 Trusses
Welders from Bourne Steel working on a section of one of the 13 Trusses
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It’s always great to see the end result – what all the hard work went into. Great job!

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