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A very busy week on site with 13 different sub-contractors and up to 35 operatives on the ground, working on all levels from lower ground to roof.

Last weekend saw the completion of the first phase of the mains electrical installation. The SSE head has been installed in the plantroom.

Contractors have continued installing stonework to the main lightwell and to the ground floor southeast corner.

Partition erection has continued within lower ground and erectors will move onto the ground floor next week so that mechanical and electrical first fix can be carried out within the partitions.

There has been a continuation of ductwork, and pipework on the secondary roof slab and scaffolding has continued to clad the building in preparation for the installation of the top roof sheeting.

This week will see more material being delivered daily and concrete a pump on Tuesday for the plantroom plinths.

Concrete to all above ground level floors has now been poured.  Last week the contractor started the mechanical1.png works in the roof void and the mains electric incoming supply was routed and installed by SSE.

Electrical containment has been installed in preparation for the incoming mains power supply.

Stonework to the East lightwell and the ground floor slab area continued.

Timber stud walls on Lower Ground Floor will continue to be installed this week as well as ongoing works to ductwork, drainage and pipework at roof level.

Last week saw the completion of the metal decking that supports the concrete floors, and the re-bar works areview across site from rooftop.jpg progressing so that they can be poured towards the end of this week.

Scaffolders have installed a further level to the loading bay and are continuing installing temporary handrails around the framing following the decking completion.

They have also further progressed the Clarendon scaffold, in readiness for the glass block walling steelwork completion on Monday and Tuesday of this week.

Within the main lightwell, the concrete works behind the piles have been completed and the foundations within the small lightwell have also been poured.

Copper lightning rods have been drilled into the ground and linked to the steel frame

Following the completion of the main structural steel frame, last week saw the metal floor decking beinglightwell  - lower ground.jpg installed. The first floor is complete, and the 2nd floor is in progress.buidling back boundary wall.jpg

Early this week, the decking will complete, and the reinforcement can be installed prior to finally concreting the floors.

Scaffolders are continuing installing temporary handrails around, and within, the frame to allow for safe access and workspace.

Within the main lightwell, blockwork, insulation and stonework has been completed to window cill height and the backfilling of the various areas is in progress. This will continue this week together with the concrete works behind the piles and the foundations within the small lightwell.

Further inroads have been made on moving the Shoe Lane flat window. The structural work and bricklaying have been completed together with re-fixing the window. Internal making good of the plasterboard and decorations will commence today.

The main structural elements of the steel frame are now complete, including the minor works around fixings and bracinglightwell work.jpg that were held over from the previous week.

Scaffolders are continuing to install temporary handrails around the external framing in readiness for the decking installers who are due to start today.

Internal temporary propping will now be removed and bedroom ceiling making good progressed.

Within the main lightwell, blockwork, insulation and stonework has been progressed.

The steel frame is continuing to grow; the west wing completed on Friday. Bolts and fixings are being installed along thesteel frame install 2.jpg remaining eastern elevation ready for completion this week.

This week will also see the glass block walling steel framing fixed along the Clarendon centre elevations.

The concrete coping to the east elevation has been removed and trimming back of the Clarendon coping will be carried out next week. This will enable the new stone walling to be installed.

The chestnut tree works, approved by the council tree officer, will be carried out at the end of this week (lifting of crown and removal of some lateral branches).

The steel frame is continuing to be erected working out from the south-east corner, and roof steels have been installed solower ground block work.jpg we can now gauge the overall height of the finished building. Tying into the concrete lift shaft core will allow the steelwork to continue around to the south-west corner during this week.

Staircase units are being installed within the main frame and will have temporary handrails installed to allow access around the building before the final balustrades are delivered in a few months

Internally within Lower Ground, the blockwork and insulation to the external walls is progressing together with the block internal partition walls. Timber stud walls will progress once the building is more weather protected.

This coming week will see more erection of the steel frame structure.

The scaffolders will carry out erection of scaffold for the bricklayers on the lower ground floor next week allowing them to reach the top of the walls and install the head restraints (particularly noisy work due to rachet guns).

The concrete frame has now been completed with access platforms removed.forming of internal stairs.jpg

First delivery of steelwork has arrived and  the steelwork contractor has commenced setting out, drilling, and installing of holding down bolts.

The steelwork contractor commenced the installation of steelwork on Wednesday.

Framework contractor will be completing the concrete pouring to internal stairs 1 and 2.

The garden wall ground beams have been cast.

The bricklaying contractor has also arrived onsite to commence blockwork.First steel delivery.jpg

The concrete frame is approaching completion.Easterly range.jpg

Striking of the decking will be carried out from mid-week; this is a noisy operation.

The removal of excess material, and decking components over the coming week will allow MJ Patch to commence setting out of the steelwork and fixing of the holding down bolts into the ground floor slab.

Internally within the Lower Ground floor, the waterproof coating works are progressing well around the external walls.  

On Tuesday, the initial copper lightning protection rods will be driven into the ground, and this will allow backfilling and retaining wall construction within the light wells.courtyard and lightwell overview.jpg

Towards the end of the week, the first loads of steel frame will be delivered and off loaded ready for erection on Monday 11th July.

The concrete frame is still progressing upwards. A number of the walls have been cast from 1st to 2ndWorks above ground floor slab.jpg floor level with the last one due to be completed today.

The 2nd floor decking has started which will continue early this week to allow formation and casting of the 2nd floor slab later this week.

Externally, the GSHP manifold pipework and the water main pipework are all now insulated and run through into the plantroom.

Internally within Lower Ground, the falsework was removed and back-propping has been installed whilst the concrete works continue above. The waterproofing worksEast wing bedroom and corridor.jpg are progressing around the external walls with Vandex and will be followed shortly by a “Toughseal” top coating.

On Tuesday, the contractor will carry-out a CCTV survey of the installed sub-structure drainage pipework

Good progress has been made since the last monthly update; at which point we were just out of the ground.

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The basement formation and ground floor slab have now been completed as have all the ground to 1st floor walls around the lift shaft and core area.

The next set of walls from 1st to 2nd has now commenced.

Externally, the GSHP manifold pipework has been extended into the plantroom after the service holes were drilled through the external walls. The excavation for the new water main has been carried out, and this week will see the pipework installed and insulated.

Both internally and externally, the Cottage 7 temporary support and restraint works are being monitored to assess any movement or deterioration in the cottage. None has been witnessed so far.

City Planners met on site to review external material samples.Basement kitchen and social space 1.jpg

The next couple of weeks will see the completion of the 1st to 2nd floor walls and the pouring of the 2nd floor concrete slab and the delivery of the structural steel.


wall construction basement.jpg The falsework (temporary support for concrete pouring) for the ground floor slab has progressed further behind the vertical works progress, and ply decking has now been installed along the south wing and is in progress along the east wing.

The west wing of the ground floor slab has been poured and falsework will be removed once tests on the concrete have been carried out.

The core walls and the lift shaft, from ground to first are now in progress.

Externally, the GSHP manifold chamber has been constructed and the remaining runs of pipework extended into it. The manifold pipework has been completed, tested and left ‘live’ until it is extended into the plantroom. Backfilling of trenches is in progress

This past 7 days has seen the concrete frame progressing steadily with extension of the decking and subsequent steel fixing to the ground floor slab. Further walls have been progressed both in the basement and from ground to 1st floor level around the lift shaft.

Externally, the excavation of the remaining GSHP boreholes and manifold chamber base area have been carried out. Oxford Archaeology have recorded the excavated formation and subsequently this was signed off by David Radford of OCC.

Work is suspended on site on 1st June due to the number of exams taking place at Frewin.  There will also be no site work on 3rd June.

west_wing_ground_floor_copy.jpgAnother week focussed on the concrete works. Half the ground floor slab has been poured and further walls have been progressed both in the basement and from ground to 1st floor level.

Externally, the site has been cleared somewhat to allow the excavation of the remaining boreholes and commence the linking to the manifold chamber outside the new plantroom for the ground source heat pump.

Both internally and externally, the Cottage 7 temporary support and restraint works are being monitored daily to assess any movement or deterioration in the cottage. None has been witnessed so far.

Next week will see more pouring of walls along the east wing and preparation for pouring lift shaft walls from ground to 1st floor.

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The basement works are still progressing well with more vertical works in the south-east corner and decking for the ground floor slab construction in the west and south wings.

All lift shaft walls were poured last week as were the remaining column and walls in the south wing

Both internally and externally, the JW Cottage 7 temporary support and restraint works have all been carried out. The removal of the rubble wall has also been carried out so that the ground floor slab can progress

This week will see more pouring of walls along the east wing and preparation forEast_wing_wall_reinforcement.jpg further pouring on the ground floor slab.

Daily deliveries of concrete as more elements become available to pour are expected, together with regular skip exchanges.

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The basement works are still progressing well, and not only have more vertical works progressed, but the decking for the ground floor slab construction has begun in the west wing.

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Both column and wall reinforcement are being erected, installed and poured. the decking for the ground floor slab construction has begun in the west wing.

The lift shaft walls are being constructed and will be poured at the start of this week.

This week will see the daily delivery of concrete as more elements become available to pour.

Latest news on the Frewin Development project.


The basement works are still progressing well, and some vertical works have been completed.Walls set out ready for main wall construction.jpg

Both column and wall reinforcement are being erected and installed. Several columns and initial parts of the courtyard external walls have been shuttered and poured.

Adjacent to the cottages, the ground floor temporary falsework is being erected in preparation for the construction of the ground floor slab (falsework is a temporary structure to support a permanent structure whilst it is unable to support itself – see photos).

This week will see more standing of columns, more courtyard walls, more decking and removal of the rubble wall.

We will also see the delivery of more falsework for the ground floor slab and core area construction, plus concrete deliveries as elements become available to pour.

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The basement works are still progressing well and we are now coming out of the ground.12.jpg

The reinforcement for the basement floor slab was installed and supports for the vertical columns were also put in place.

This week the Vandex waterproofing membrane is being applied to the basement floor slab prior to the columns being stood up and wooden boarding put in place prior to concrete pouring.

A number of mobile elevated work platforms will be delivered for the forming of vertical elements.

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