The structure for the new basement and lower ground floor level at Furnival House is nearing completion.

Work has started to remove the load of the building from the temporary supports and transfer it to the new foundations, which is a substantial 750mm deep raft slab.

A short section of basement retaining wall has been left not built to allow¬†direct access to the basement from the ‘mole hole’ at the southern corner of the site. This provides access for the plant needed for dismantling the temporary works and the removal of the debris created by the removal of the concrete piles that have been supporting the building during the basement construction phase.

The photo shows some of the temporary concrete piles with nothing supported by them. Next phase is to break out the piles to below the level of the basement raft and infill the missing sections of slab.