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Crane delivery marks start of construction phase

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Our relocation to King’s Cross has taken another leap closer with the delivery of a crane to the site and the switch from demolition to the construction stage on 22 April.

Work on the building, on the corner of Caledonian Road and Balfe Street in the Knowledge Quarter, is expected to be completed in early 2018, and we’re hoping to move in shortly after that.

Kate Meehan, the managing director of IOP Enterprises, who is overseeing the relocation, says: “This is really a major step in the process of relocating ourselves to King’s Cross.

“Now that the crane has been installed we move from the demolition phase of the project to the construction phase of our new building.

“The building will be a showcase for sustainable innovations and for highlighting the contributions of physics. The installation of the groundsource heat pumps was the beginning of that, with the exposed concrete soffits and walls as the next step.”

As well as showcasing those innovations used in the building itself, we’re looking to create a public space for physics here – somewhere for anyone with an interest in or connection to the subject. And we believe that physics is an essential part of our culture that everyone can appreciate and enjoy. We hope that people living and working in the area make as much use of the building as our members will.

Along with the new phase of construction starting, we’ve also had a new set of display hoardings installed at the front of our new building, featuring quotes and artwork from pupils from Islington’s Gillespie Primary School.

We approached the school as part of our efforts to get to know our neighbours and introduce ourselves to the community that we’re going to be part of. We asked the schoolchildren to let us know how they see physics, and the results we got back from them included drawings of our solar system, talking computers, meteorology, rockets, and atomic nuclei.

With the hoardings going up, the school is planning on holding an event on 8 May for the pupils and their teachers to celebrate their work being used at the front of our new building and learn a bit more about physics and about who we are as an organisation.

Toby Shannon, our public programme manager, says: “We’re really hoping that our new building will be at the heart of our new community. Through projects like our partnership with Gillespie School, we’re looking forward to getting to know our neighbours better and exploring how our building can be a hub for inspiration, excitement and discussion about physics.”