This week further progress with the ground beams is taking place with those adjacent to the platform now being constructed. The reinforcement steel cages have now been made up but before these can be lowered into place and shuttered up ready for concreting, a great deal of preparation work is required.
The top of the concrete piles are intentionally left longer than needed so that they can be cropped down to an accurate level in order to tie them into the ground beams. The steel pile casing is cut to the required height then the concrete chiselled off to match. This may seem a backwards way of doing things, but it is much better to have spare height on the piles than for them to be too short.
Elsewhere on site preparations are being made to construct a series of four brick test panels. A pallet of the bricks to be used on the building have been acquired and the test panels will allow selection of the preferred combination of aggregate and mortar colour to be chosen. In addition, a beautiful Edwardian fireplace very similar to the one that adorns Highley waiting room has been obtained. This will form a centrepiece within the refreshment rooms