18th January updates
This is the first update about the build for 2017 and we’ve seen huge changes in just a very short period of time. The build stopped completely for several weeks over the Christmas period and just before Christmas the west wall (Lothian Road side) had almost been entirely demolished and the builders had started chipping away at the east.
Well in the space of around a week both walls have come down which is impressive considering how much work has been done in such a short period of time but even more so considering the weight of some of the stones. On one tour around the site I saw the builders, between four of five of them, lift one stone which was apparently a light one! Some of the stones have weighed in excess of 1.5 tonnes.
Another big thing going on is the laying of the foundations for the lift. Leading up to Christmas the archaeologists were on site excavating the burial lair in the area where the new lift shaft is to go. The remains that were unearthed were carefully re-interred close to the leift shaft, presided over by Markus, St John’s Rector.
Finally the east end of the cafe is now accessible again and the ground has been laid. Previously gas lines had been installed so there were huge holes all over the floor but these have been filled.