If you have visited Gloucestershire Archives since the newly refurbished public area re-opened you will have noticed that we are still a building site. Phase two of the build is now in full swing with the new training suite under construction. We are looking forward to the end of August when all the building work will be completed.
To accommodate the new training suite we had to say goodbye to the Frith Centre, the last remaining HORSA hut on our site. The Horsa Huts were built as temporary accommodation over 70 years ago.
For more about Horsa Huts and why they were built have a look at the recent blog post.
The Frith Centre as it was.
With the roof stripped off.
The walls demolished and cleared.
Interesting finds were made underneath the building including a section of the original surface and some old jars and bottles.
Having demolished the Frith Centre a lot of earth had to be removed. Once the site was cleared construction of the new training suite could begin.
A very tall piling rig arrived to drill 18 metre deep holes for the pile foundations.
Once the pile foundations were in place trenches were dug and the concrete poured.
We are looking forward to the end of August when all the building work will be completed and peace and quiet will be ours once more!
We hope you can come and visit us soon.