steelwork lace

The site has become rather muddy due to the heavy rain. Each day another section of the reinforcing is laced together to form more of the ground beams required and some of these have been cast. More of the timber and plywood needed for building the shuttering has been delivered in anticipation of further deliveries of concrete. This work will carry on until all the ground beams are completed and preparation will then be made to create the building slab that will sit on top.


Over the last week or so the contractors have been excavating the ground around the piles then assembling the complicated array of reinforcing steelwork. This may look like a tangle of steel rods but their layout is carefully calculated by the structural engineer to take the loads that will ultimately be placed upon the foundations. Schedules are drawn up showing the different size rods and the order of assembly. The steel rods are then laid out and wired together to form the shapes you can see in the pictures.



a quick recap, 2016




November, December – contractor moves in to undertake the piling works necessary to make a stable foundation on which to construct the new building



August, September, October – preparatory work by station volunteers to dismantle the corrugated hut and totally clear the site – including fetching out the spear-top fencing to be reused in the new design. pics and text at

16 August 2016, granting of planning permission


Stores keeping

Our #wailingwall workshop and stores is a veritable Aladdin’s Cave of reclaimed, donated, acquired, bought and salvaged ironmongery, bits and pieces of every size and type. One of our number, Geoff, is a bit of a computer lover (and plane-spotter) and has been applying himself to reorganising the myriad mass of miscellaneous things therein. Linbins in red and yellow are now filled and labelled and his spreadsheets are a work of wonder.