Thursday, 24 June 2010

Creating an education space at 6 Fitzroy Square

Our project to create and education and study space in the basement of our headquarters building at 6 Fitzroy Square in central London began in earnest this week with the removal of a safe and two safe doors left behind by the previous occupant, NatWest Bank. Weighing over a ton each and designed to resist attempts to dislodge them, these splendid relics were craned over the railings by removal specialists - all in all, a ten hour operation requiring four men and a lorry-mounted crane. Planning the project has been complicated by the complex layout of the basement, which effectively was scooped out by the bank to accommodate strongrooms, and the scope of the project has been limited by structural engineering considerations. But having completed initial fundraising we are now underway, with a pared-down scheme in tune with the new mood of austerity. By early autumn we should have new education and archive storage spaces and improved office accommodation for caseworkers.    

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