In this photo gallery, see how construction progressed on the new branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Britain between March and August 2017.
March 28, 2017—Branch site
Using a truck-mounted loader crane, a contractor delivers a glass-fronted cabin. The cabin forms part of the elevated viewing deck, located in a safely enclosed area of the site. The visitor center and viewing deck were first opened in May 2017, and by August over 17,000 visitors had booked tours to view the project.
March 29, 2017—Residence F
Contractors use a tower crane to move a preassembled concrete table form into Residence F, the first residence to be built. Because of the generous amount of space around the buildings, the forms can be repositioned quickly without needing to be dismantled.
April 7, 2017—Residences
Five residence buildings are simultaneously under construction. In the foreground, contractors tie steel rebar before pouring a concrete foundation for Residence B. In the background to the right, contractors pump concrete for the ground-floor slab of Residence D. In the background to the left, the tower crane positions a concrete forming panel for the elevator shaft and stairwell of Residence E.
April 19, 2017—Branch site
A member of the mechanical team uses a bead removal tool at the junction of two sections of plastic fire-hydrant pipe. The two sections are joined using heat fusion, which melts the plastic and fuses the sections together. The resulting bead is trimmed off, and the joint is tested for strength and quality. In total, approximately four kilometers (2 mi) of fire-hydrant pipe were laid.
April 25, 2017—Residences
A worker cleans a newly waterproofed culvert. The culverts at the site allow roads to cross waterways and ensure that rainwater flows into attenuation ponds, thereby preventing flooding.
April 28, 2017—Residence F
A husband-and-wife architectural team mark the location of corridor walls on the ground floor.
May 5, 2017—Residences
Looking east, an aerial view of five residences under construction. By September, the concrete frames were completed, work on the internal walls of Residence F (back right) was under way, and plastering and painting of that building had begun. Meanwhile, workers began installing the external walls and windows of Residence E (back left). Residences B, C, and D (foreground) were prepared for the architectural, electrical, mechanical, and scaffolding teams to start work.
May 18, 2017—Main support site
Robert Luccioni, a helper to the Publishing Committee of the Governing Body and overseer of the Worldwide Design/Construction Department (WDC), encourages construction teams with a Bible-based talk. The WDC oversees the designing and building of new branch facilities, ensuring that all work is done efficiently and economically.
May 25, 2017—Branch site
Workers prepare concrete slabs for the utility compound that will house gas, data, and electrical equipment. On the right, workers use a mobile concrete pump to pour foundations for an acoustic fence, which will reduce noise emitted from the equipment.
June 7, 2017—Residence E
An architectural team reviews drawings before marking out the floor for steel-stud frames to be fixed into place.
June 13, 2017—Residence F
A worker fixes into place steel frames for the external walls.
June 22, 2017—Residence E
Scaffolding is erected around the perimeter of Residence E, giving teams of workers easy access to the external walls.
July 11, 2017—Residence F
A painter applies a special protective coating to newly installed windows. The coating dries to become a plastic film that prevents damage during construction and is peeled off when no longer needed.
July 13, 2017—Residence F
The mechanical team pressure tests the underfloor heating system in a residential room. Once any necessary adjustments are made, the final concrete layer can be poured to cover the heating pipes.
July 19, 2017—Branch site
A landscaper cuts a section of wildflower turf on a roundabout outside the main entrance to the branch property. The turf prevents weeds from growing, reducing the amount of time and effort needed to care for this area of greenery that sits beside a busy highway.
August 1, 2017—Office Building
Using GPS surveying equipment, a surveyor marks a spot that will become an entrance to the office complex, identifies the location with a pin, and then paints the pin to make it clearly visible. This part of the complex will house a permanent kitchen as well as an area designed to be used both as a dining room and as an auditorium. The residence buildings can be seen in the background.
August 8, 2017—Residences
A husband and wife prepare concrete forms for a flow-control chamber, part of the storm-water drainage system. In the background, Residences E and F are enclosed with plastic sheeting to provide an all-weather working environment suitable for the winter months.
August 9, 2017—Branch site
A trainee learns how to operate a vacuum hose lifter. The lifter is used to transport and install curbstones weighing approximately 70 kilograms (154 lbs) each. Once the curbstones are in the correct position, concrete is poured on either side to fix them in place.
August 16, 2017—Branch site
While a water pipe is pulled into its final position, a member of the mechanical team keeps the fitting at the correct angle. Approximately five kilometers (3 mi) of water pipes are needed to service the new branch office.
August 22, 2017—Residence E
A member of the exteriors team uses an electric masonry bench saw to cut bricks. Half bricks are used to create an attractive brickwork pattern called Flemish bond on the ends of the residence buildings. In total, the residences will be clad with over 300,000 bricks.