Progress on the Thomas Field Hall is now starting to be visible above ground as the walls start to rise. The below ground works have been completed. The services have been installed in the underground ducts and the precast concrete beam and block floor has been laid with the ground gas protection membrane beneath. Now the builders can start to bring up the external walls and the extent of the Hall can be seen.
The bricks are specially selected to match the existing ones in size and colour and are being laid in an English bond – alternate rows of headers and stretchers – which is not often seen now. This is because the outer wall thickness is a whole brick thick, not the usual half brick, allowing the bricks to be laid across the wall as well as along the wall.
Barbara Sheard and Michael Carver