In this photo gallery, you will see how construction was completed on the new branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Britain and how members began using this facility between September 2019 and February 2020.
September 10, 2019—Office Building
Landscapers rake the soil, preparing it for sowing grass seed. Residences A and B can be seen in the background.
September 19, 2019—Office Building
A landscaped pond lies at the rear of the Office Building. This pond and others at the Chelmsford site form part of a sustainable drainage system designed to replicate natural drainage. The system improves water quality, reduces flood risk, and enhances the environment for people and animals.
September 19, 2019—Office Building
A husband-and-wife carpentry team assembles new office partitions.
October 14, 2019—Residence A
Using a laser level, a member of the architectural team applies a sign to the door of the hairdressing salon.
October 28, 2019—Branch site
A carpenter installs signage with the help of a level. Signs along footpaths provide directions for residents and visitors on the 34-hectare (85 ac) site.
November 4, 2019—North Production Building
A representative of the local fire-and-rescue service checks the water pressure of a hydrant.
November 14, 2019—Office Building
A member of the Construction Project Committee conducts morning worship in a live test of the new branch systems. This program was streamed via the Internet to the Bethel family in London.
November 19, 2019—North Production Building
An electrician installs a traffic light at the entrance to a controlled-access area.
November 19, 2019—Main support site
Workers strip copper wire for recycling.
November 25, 2019—Main support site
A tour guide at the Visitor Center describes the layout of the site. Over 95,000 visitors came to see the site during construction.
December 5, 2019—Office Building
A member of the Britain Branch Committee speaks to the construction team at their last monthly meeting before Bethel departments began caring for the facilities. Over 11,000 workers volunteered their time and energy to work on this project.
December 10, 2019—North Production Building
The Regional Video Team and the Local Broadcasting Department are trained to use the new studio rigging. Many of the workers wear blue plastic overshoes to protect finished areas.
December 30, 2019—Office Building
Workers brush kiln-dried sand between the joints of block pavers to finish the vehicle approach to the Office Building.
January 16, 2020—South Production Building
A mechanic maintains a minibus in the new garage. Since the branch facilities are now on one site, the Bethel family no longer needs a fleet of minibuses like this one to travel to work every day. Surplus vehicles can now be sold. In the background is a utility vehicle used by the Grounds Maintenance team.
January 29, 2020—Residence D
Movers unload a Bethelite’s personal items. A team of 27 helped Bethelites move during January and February. By the beginning of March, the entire Bethel family was living and working at the new branch.
February 6, 2020—Office Building
Kitchen staff prepare salad for the Bethel family.
February 7, 2020—Residential Support Site
A temporary residential unit is removed after being sold. During construction these units housed workers within walking distance of the new branch. The units were part of a plan to reduce the carbon footprint of the project. That plan was recognized as innovative by a leading sustainability assessment standard known as BREEAM. Far in the background are the new residence buildings.
February 14, 2020—Office Building
Translation Department members install a sound-isolation booth used for making audio recordings. This studio supplements basic recording setups in team offices, and it is available to indigenous-language teams working under the Britain branch, such as Irish and Scottish Gaelic.
February 24, 2020—Office Building
A brother in the Local Design/Construction Department talks with the field representative for southeast England via videoconference. Field representatives regularly contact the branch to discuss Kingdom Hall construction and maintenance. In the background, other department members discuss heating and ventilation options for new and renovated Kingdom Halls.
February 25, 2020—Office Building
New commuters arrive at reception before attending a welcome meeting and being introduced to their assigned department. When the Britain branch began operating from Chelmsford, almost 500 commuters were supporting the work of the full-time Bethel family. In the background, technicians test and adjust TV screens that will form part of the exhibition for visitors.