Work on the site of the IOP’s new home in King’s Cross is in full swing, with a time-lapse camera currently capturing the demolition process before rebuilding begins in January.
The roof of the old building is now off, the floors have been removed and the façades have been retained in place, as builders J. Murphy & Son prepare to build back up again from within the walls.
The demolition phase is on schedule to finish by Christmas and the construction phase will start in January with digging down to make ready for the basement of the new structure.
All of this is being recorded on a video camera so that some of the developments can be shared on the web using time-lapse photography. The camera will remain in place until the roof of the new building is on.
During demolition, the managers of a neighbouring students’ hostel – Journeys King’s Cross Hostel – spotted the sash windows of the old building being removed and asked if they could have them for use in their own structure. The IOP has now donated this feature of the building to the hostel.
The IOP is working to excellent environmental building standards and is planning to divert 95% of the waste from the construction project away from landfill, particularly through recycling rubble. Sustainable technologies will be used in constructing the building, in the materials used to build it and in how it operates.
Kate Meehan, managing director of IOP Enterprises and project manager for the building project, said: “We will be using all kinds of new technology, some of which has never been used before, both in the construction process and in measuring and monitoring consumption once the building is operating. It will be a living, breathing building and some of the information coming out of it will be used for research objectives, some for maintaining sustainability and some for showcasing physics. In all of this we are continuing to work closely with some of the IOP’s special-interest groups, such as our Energy Group and Environmental Physics Group.
“We are really excited about the progress that has been made so far and are looking forward to the next phase. We will be announcing more about the potential for research centred on the building and about our engagement with the local community in the months ahead.”
The construction phase is currently scheduled to be complete by early 2018, with the fit-out phase beginning in mid-2018.