Onwards – and most definitely upwards!

We are happy to report that the basement slab for Cohen Quad is now completely formed and that the internal walls of the building are being constructed. Our next step is to complete the laying of the ground floor slab and then to start building upwards so that all four floors are finished by late summer 2015.

These photos were taken yesterday by Hannah Constantine of Alison Brooks Architects. She climbed to the top of the crane in the middle of the site to capture the work going on below.

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Photo taken from the centre of the site, looking east towards the main entrance. The concrete box towards the left of the picture is the lift shaft. The rectangular shapes on the platform to the left are the underside of the ground floor slab. See how the ground floor slab at the entrance (where the Porters’ Lodge will be) is already laid. Photo courtesy of Alison Brooks Architects.
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Photo taken from the centre of the site, looking west towards the back of Cohen Quad, with Worcester College accommodation and grounds at the back of the picture. The basement area you can see will eventually contain all Exeter’s special collections and archive material. Photo courtesy of Alison Brooks Architects.

Exeter’s Deputy Bursar Gez Wells says “It’s great to be out of the ground and past the stage of encountering surprises that could delay the project. We expect the concrete frame to be fully constructed by the end of August and the building to be weather-proof by October this year.”

More updates to follow!

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