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The main news this week has been the weather. Heavy rain Monday, Storm Dudley Wednesday and Storm Eunice on Friday have disrupted the planned work.

In spite of this, the bricklayers have completed the facing brickwork to the top of the ground floor and have made a start on the first floor. High winds have made it difficult to keep up with loading bricks onto the scaffolding with the tower crane.

Joiners have completed the loose trusswork to the main roof, despite often encountering string winds at that height. When winds became too string they made a start on the stud wall which will form the new southern wall of the tom Leonard gallery.

Construction of the fire-resistant archive "pod" for our collection of historical documents and maps has also begun. This has been designed to withstand a fire for at least 2 hours. It will have a 225mm-thick concrete "lid".

Next week, weather permitting, work will continue on the facing brickwork and the prefabricated roof trusses for the object store will be delivered. The first stage of electrical routing will start to be installed.