We had a site visit of our building project this morning with Sir Peter Luff, the chairman of Trustees of the Heritage Lottery Fund. It’s interesting seeing the project through the eyes of its biggest funder and someone who has not previously seen the site. Even I was impressed by the scale of it: 100 people working on site, what is said to be the largest temporary roof structure in Europe, deep excavations to create new art handling facilities, the floor removed to create the new gallery behind the main staircase. Every time I go round there is more to be seen, more change, and more of a sense of a radical transformation of the building and of the site as a whole, particularly in the areas behind-the scenes in Burlington House.
This is the crane:-
The temporary roof:-
The floor has gone:-
And scenes from the lecture theatre indoors:-