Category Archives: Building

Handover

Friday January 13th saw the final handover of the building by the contractors, Carter Construction. Despite a number of setbacks over the past few months, the building was completed to deadline, ready for this week’s BBC Stargazing Live events and … Continue reading

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The telescope is in

As the construction phase nears an end, today saw the very significant step of the installation of the main telescope, a Meade LX200 16 inch. The very complex process of creating the observatory, within the larger build project, began several … Continue reading

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Finishing touches

Construction work on the extension has continued in earnest over the past three weeks, with only a very short pause for Christmas. All external work on the building is finished, and in the picture below the full visual impact of … Continue reading

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The dome is on

A crane arrived on site on Thursday, as planned, and preparations began to lift the observatory dome into place. Weighing in at just over 1 metric tonne, the custom-built fibreglass dome was lifted very carefully over the building. Prior to … Continue reading

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Keep everything crossed!

Tuesday December 13th has been the first of a pivotal few days for the project, with the arrival on site of the observatory dome. Custom-built over the last few weeks, it arrived as a number of large fibreglass pieces at … Continue reading

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A room with a view

This week has seen the spiral staircase installed in the observatory. To access the telescope will require an ascent of over two metres from the first floor to the mezzanine floor inside the dome. Also completed over the last two … Continue reading

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The first floor

After a quiet period for the build, Friday saw the first floor completed. The metal decking had previously been installed, and can be seen here around the telescope column. Before the floor slab was poured, concrete was pumped into the … Continue reading

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