How are the Museum Building Works coming on?

Our volunteer on the West House and Heath Robinson Museum Estates Sub-Committee, David Chittleborough, reports:

Since builders Philiam came on site in May, plenty has been happening.

The best news is that the Heath Robinson Museum building works are on schedule!

Philiam have dug up the former car park at West House and removed obstructions. New piled foundations have been installed.

Drainage and service ducts within the footprint of the new museum have been constructed. Shuttering to the new ground floor slab has been formed.

The Cellcore has been laid. This is “an egg shell” polystyrene boarding which compresses under pressure, and therefore protects the new ground floor slab from heave pressures.

The concrete has now been poured. We expect to have the walls up and the roof on before Christmas.

Thanks to our volunteers Peter Ellis and Colin Robinson who are making a stills photographic record of the building works, and to Harrow Film Makers who are filming it. Anyone can view the site through the windows in the hoardings.

Thanks also to our major funders the Heritage Lottery Fund, the National Heritage Memorial Fund, John Lyon’s Charity, Garfield Weston Foundation and the Art Fund, and to all our other supporters. We couldn’t do it without you.

The Project team for the building works is:


Lead Consultant/Project Manager Focus Consultants
Lead Designer/Architect ZMMA
Construction Philiam Construction
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer P3r Engineering
Structural Engineer Adrian Cox Associates
Quantity Surveyor PT Projects
CDM Coordinator William Brady
Interpretation Specialist/Exhibition Designer Bright White Limited
Access Consultants Access = Design
Lighting Designer Sutton Vane Associates
Arboriculturalist Simon Stephens



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