Following planning permission from North Norfolk District Council, building work commenced in Easter 2020. The topping out milestone was reached in April 2021. We will see The Dyson Building operational for the start of the 2021 Michaelmas term.
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Another exciting milestone in the construction of the Dyson Building has been reached. The topping out ceremony is traditionally held when the last beam (or its equivalent) is placed atop a structure during its construction. To mark this milestone, Michael Goff, Chairman of Governors, ceremoniously poured a beer over the roof and made a short speech to the assembled group which included representatives from Gresham’s, the main contractor Kier, architects Wilkinson Eyre and the Daniel Connal Partnership.
The basement waterproofing was completed and internal blockwork walls constructed. The structural topping to the first floor was completed and roof coverings commenced with the roof lights installed. Meanwhile the framework for the external walls has progressed through the month. The borehole works for the ground source heat pump was completed and trenching work for the its pipework undertaken.
The pre-cast flooring and roof units have been installed and intumescent coating painted to the steel frame. The basement has been waterproofed and blockwork basement walls are being constructed. The ground source borehole work continues.
The ground floor slab over the basement was constructed to complete the basement shell. The steelwork was erected to the whole building and the first precast concrete floor planks installed. The ground source heat pump drilling works continued.
Concrete was poured to form the ground floor slab and the concrete walls of the basement. The basement staircore was constructed and a pre-cast lift shaft installed. Meanwhile, the ground source heat pump drilling works commenced.
Temporary works of large propping beams were installed to allow for the excavation of the basement. Meanwhile, the remainder of the pile caps and ground beams constructed together with smoke vents for the basement. Reinforcement was laid to the ground floor.
Reinforced pile caps and ground beams were constructed together with a capping beam around the basement; drainage runs within the building were created.
Over 150 piles were installed for the foundations of the building and another 150 to create a contiguous wall to the basement.
Drainage for the new building was installed including a large soakaway under the Chapel Lawn and a piling mat provided to the whole site. Meanwhile, the main contractors compound was established on the parade ground.
The Scruff Shacks and old English block were demolished and cleared from the site and the ground was prepared to new levels.
The project started with the main drain serving the Gresham’s site and a host of other services being diverted around where the new building would stand.