The last few weeks have been busy pulling together the final logistics for the project and receiving deliveries at the Museum in advance of the construction workshop, which starts next week. Jayhawk Fine Art Transportation generously joined the project as sponsors just in time to collect the timber from Creuzberg, in central Germany, where Pollmeier’s factory is based. That arrived in London on Thursday, and with the help of an expert forklift driver who agreed to help out, was safely unloaded – not an easy task given the planks are up to 9m long!
We’ve also teamed up with Blu-3, the contractor completing the new landscaping around the museum, who have kindly offered to cast the concrete footings that brace the pavilion on either side of the benches; their carpenter has now made up the timber formwork, ready for a pour first thing on Monday. We’ve also now received the four ground anchors, donated by Spirafix, which will tether the structure at the front and back.
Last weekend I drove down to Dorset to meet with the carpenter Jan Ciechanowicz, who’ll be leading the construction of the timber frame. He’d made some really nice sample joints for the top connections between the perimeter joints, and it was great to talk through all the practicalities of the construction phase in person. Meanwhile Fish Fabrications had been hard at work welding the aluminium connections, and I was able to collect them from the workshop in Essex on Friday afternoon.
On Monday Jan and I will be joined by 12 students from the RCA to start the Co-Construction workshop – I’m looking forward to meeting David, Grace, Joel, Izabel, Lewis, Marta, Michael, Rebecca, Shankho, Thea, Yifei & Youmee and getting started on site!