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Britain Photo Gallery 2 (September 2015 Through August 2016)

Britain Photo Gallery 2 (September 2015 Through August 2016)

Jehovah’s Witnesses in Britain are relocating their branch office from Mill Hill, London, to a location about a 70-kilometer (43 mi) drive to the east, near the city of Chelmsford, Essex. In this photo gallery, see how the work progressed on the new branch office between September 2015 and August 2016.

October 29, 2015​—Main support site

Workers pour concrete in front of a garage that will service construction machinery.

December 9, 2015​—Main support site

Contractors affix roof panels to a building that will house offices and a dining room during construction.

January 18, 2016​—Main support site

At the main entrance, a worker uses an excavator with a tree shear attachment to clear selected trees. The tree shear clamps the tree and cuts the trunk, and the excavator lifts the tree away. To compensate for the removal of selected trees, landscapers will plant thousands of new trees before the project is completed.

March 31, 2016​—Branch site

Workers remove from soil any unwanted material left on the site by the previous owner. The soil can then be cleaned and reused.

April 14, 2016​—Branch site

Workers prepare to lift temporary cabins into place by crane. Both the permanent construction team and the visiting contractors will use these cabins as site offices and service facilities.

May 5, 2016​—Branch site

Workers sort salvageable materials into designated recycling bins. The Construction Project Committee set a goal to divert 95 percent of all nonhazardous waste away from landfills, but that goal is currently being exceeded. In addition, 89 percent of all demolition waste​—such as bricks, concrete, and timber​—has been reclaimed for use elsewhere on the site.

May 23, 2016​—Main support site

A member of the siteworks team fills a utility trench. These utility trenches will service temporary accommodation units for construction workers.

May 26, 2016​—Branch site

A contractor collects soil samples to determine whether the soil is suitable for use in building roads around the site.

May 31, 2016​—Branch site rendering

On May 31, 2016, this design was approved by the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses. With this approval, along with the initial planning approvals received from local authorities, the construction project is clear to proceed.

June 16, 2016​—Branch site

Workers remove undesirable material from soil recovered from the site. The soil can then be reused elsewhere. This task eliminates the costs both of removing soil from the site and of purchasing new material to replace it.

June 20, 2016​—Branch site

Workers clear the area where the main entrance road will be built. The work continued despite a month of particularly heavy rainfall, which turned part of the site into a quagmire.

July 18, 2016​—Main support site

Roads are sprayed with water to suppress dust. Maintaining a tidy building site is part of the code of practice of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, an organization with which the Construction Project Committee registered to comply with local planning directives. The code of practice that the organization encourages harmonizes with Bible principles by recommending respect for the community and consideration for neighbors.

July 18, 2016​—Main support site

A metalworker cuts threaded rods that will suspend trays carrying air-conditioning pipes.

July 22, 2016​—Branch site

Workers separate 20,000 cubic meters (26,000 cu yd) of mixed soil and rubble. As seen in the center of the picture, soil is being loaded into the hopper. Using a series of meshes of various sizes, large- and medium-sized debris is separated, and the finer soil falls to the bottom. Conveyors on three sides send the separated materials to dump trucks.

July 22, 2016​—Branch site

Contractors move large quantities of earth so that the ground levels of the site will conform to the design requirements of the buildings.

August 18, 2016​—Branch site

In the center left of the photograph, contractors complete leveling of the ground so that work on the residence foundations can begin. Farther back on the left is the completed residential support site, which has the capacity to house 118 construction workers.