Existing Structure Dismantled
The existing granite structure has been dismantled as the first stage of the overall construction programme. The blocks that require modification for the monument (about half of them) have been sent away for cutting. They will mainly form the supporting plinths for the bronze reliefs (panels) currently been cast at the foundry. The cutting is being done at a facility in Cornwall (England) and will take around 2 months. The remaining blocks are being left on site for when building starts.
The rubble that filled the previous structure has been removed. The site has been excavated to about 0.5 metre below pavement level. A supporting concrete and steel platform will be put in place over the next couple of months to support the eventual monument.
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The hoarding surrounding the site has now been painted in camouflage colours so if you are passing along the embankment near the Houses of Parliament, or having a flight on the London Eye, then do look out for it.