News and a crane

I was approached today by a resident on the 3rd floor south side asking if I knew why all work appears to have stopped on their side of the building. I said that I would ask Carters and report. Well, I spoke to them and it appears that all the existing coverings and insulation has been stripped off but they are unable to get on with the next stage until ORSA have made a report on the state of the work so far. ORSA are one of the signing off authorities and without their say so no further work can be carried out. It also seemed that work had stopped on our side of the building (north) but suddenly there is action up on the highest point.

They are beginning to wrap our side so it will only be a couple of days before our living room matches our two bedrooms and has its view curtailed. I also asked why the scaffolding has stopped just beyond our apartment. It seems that any further scaffolding would start to rely on the roof of the underground car park and, currently, they are waiting for engineers reports on how they have to support the scaffolding from underneath. I guess that this could take some time.

OK, so let us move on to what IS happening. It’s my wife’s birthday today and, due to her mother’s incapacity, she hasn’t left the apartment for over 6 weeks so we took the opportunity to call upon a friend to cover for her and we went out to the Bella Napoli on Pownall Road for their exceptional pizzas. On the way out, I saw a rather splendid crane parked up along the Waterfront.

This was a bit strange because it was, obviously, a new vehicle, had German number plates but was decked out for Eastern Cranes from Malden! My intrigue had to wait until I got back when I did a little tour around to see what was going on. It turns out that it is a very special crane in that it can have a very great stretch whilst lifting and only the Germans make this capability. You might have guessed!

They are trying to take down a large girder from across the front of 7 Anchor Street and the crane can only get as far as the front edge of the Aurora Restaurant.

It seems that the crane only arrived on Monday so they haven’t had the opportunity to re-register it yet! Anyway, here as some closer shots of what is going on.

Nice to see Steve checking activity close up whilst Andy and Tom stand and watch. Safety inspectors are needed nowadays at every juncture.

Lastly, it seems that they do have all of the chrome supports for the balcony glass as well as the glass all safely stored. I did mention that we have stickers on our widows telling us not to try and climb out! It seems that they thought that they would have to lock the windows but the stickers remove this requirement!

It’s been quiet for a few days so I hope that you enjoyed this update.

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