A bitterly cold few weeks with heavy snow and severe easterly gales have made conditions hard on site but the contractors have continued to push on.
The concrete works to the capping beam that runs from the ILB ramp to the footpath on the south of the building have been completed apart from a couple of corner sections.
The eastern half of the building slab has been capped with hardcore with the thickenings shaped and a blinding layer of concrete laid. Reinforcement steel and shuttering has been started for most of the eastern section of the building although the snow has been problematic.
More visibly, the steelwork for the ALB ramp has been delivered, lifted over the sea defences into position by a crane and installed on the piles. These underpinnings are almost complete apart from the final bay. As the bottom of the ramp will be well under the beach level, the lower section has been dug out again for installation.
The ALB ramp should be completed in the next few weeks, with precast concrete slabs that will form the surface of the ramp due to arrive in the next two weeks.
On the main site, work will continue on constructing the concrete slab on which the building will sit.
Winter weather and the ALB ramp