23rd February update
More big transformations in our Cornerstone Centre this week as you can see in the images below! The first photos shows the area where the new toilets downstairs will be installed. Just a few months ago this area was a huge mess and the workers were using this as a break area, but it’s really being transformed.
Today in the main hall, all of the scaffolding on the west side has come down, revealing the new wall that will form the new entrance which incidentally looks really great.
The builders are preparing to knock through the floor in the main hall and as the site manager states quite often, when you do develop an historical building like this, unexpected things come up! This happened a couple of times downstairs with the builders having to find ways around things. This week, they have unearthed drain piping going through the floor on the west end, which was placed to drain the water from the flat roof. This will have to be rerouted to make way for the new stairwell and opening for the lift shaft.
The other main thing to note is the partition walls going up in the basement. At the beginning of the build everything was open, as in you could see your way through the whole area, but then the section in the middle where the lift is being installed was closed off, then opened up, now there are dividers throughout the hall. It’s really fascinating watching the Cornerstone Centre at St John’s be developed.