29th September Update
Welcome to the latest update on the Cornerstone Centre. The last couple of weeks have seen the slate roofing works complete; the steel frame and block work for the new lift is finished, as well as the outside finishes for the new Hall glazing. With these key exterior elements now done, the scaffolding is due to come down next week – another key milestone for the development! Inside the Hall, the insulation for the ceiling has gone in, and the section of underfloor heating is well underway. The framing of the partition walls for the new office area and meeting rooms has also begun. These will eventually enable the Cornerstone Centre community hub to provide charities and local organisations three flexible spaces on this level for a wide variety of events and meetings etc.
In terms of new points of access for the building; the new stairwell area has been prepared with support pads installed in the walls and floor in readiness for the staircase. The passenger lift has been built and is waiting at the builder’s yard to be fitted any day now. This wil make make the mezzanine, ground level and lower terrace levels of the building accessible for people with mobility issues for the first time ever, fulfilling one of the core aims of the works!
The One World Shop reopens on the 9th October! This along with the Cornerstone Bookshop and our new cafe, will once again draw in thousands of visitors to the site. Do pop along to check their new shop out – it already looks very smart, and that’s before all of their lovely fairtrade stock has filled the shelves! Scroll down to check out a selection of photographs of the progress, skillfully taken by our photographer Chris Radley.
And finally, this will be my last blog as Development Manager for St John’s. It’s been a pleasure sharing the news about the building. Thank you for your positive feedback and interest in the project! Please consider supporting this important development; whether by donating, volunteering or booking the meeting rooms, or coming for a coffee, your input will help ensure the Cornerstone Centre is fit-for-purpose for decades to come. Tens of thousands of visitors and some of the most disadvantaged in our society will soon be enjoying a warm welcome in the centre of Edinburgh and we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you, Kerrigan.