Month: February 2017

Colourful developments


Work continues to progress at amazing pace at the LSI and recent developments for some reason have lots of  very strong colours running through them.

The rear roof is now covered with slate and lead guttering details are being put in place.

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The front roof isn’t far behind.  Now the interior scaffolding has been removed the new first floor mezzanine is starting to take shape.

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Inside the floors are being cut to allow for the lift shaft so the old colourful toilets are now gone.  In contrast the rear building is looking a little ominous as the tanking begins but it won’t be long before dark becomes light

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At the front the light is flooding through the scaffolding and casting lovely shadows on the ramp down into the basement – and I wonder if the builders are making votive offerings to help speed the project?

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Artist opportunity at LSI


kabina-emesa-model-ch01-1-237x300 We are looking to commission an artist to work with community groups to develop a permanent art installation reflecting the literary history and heritage of the LSI, for the interior of the lift carriage.

The project is part of the programme of heritage inspired activities for the restoration project.

To request a full brief for the project please contact us through the website or email


Dust and steel


It is so busy at the LSI this week – although everything seems to be happening at basement and higher levels leaving the ground floor relatively calm.

At basement new walls (many wheelbarrows of bricks being laboriously taken down the front ramp to where they are needed!) and the base of the lift shaft are being constructed.

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The rear basement rooms are being prepared for tanking to deal with the constant damp and make them usable in the future.  The air is filled with dust as concrete is sprayed onto the walls as part of this process.


Big excitement at first floor as the huge steels of the mezzanine have now been installed.  These were craned into the first floor windows early last Sunday morning.  It has absolutely transformed the space – it will be the most amazing space to work with views down to West Bay.  (if you are interested in office space leave your email on our contact page and we’ll add you to our mailing list so you here about opportunities as soon as they become available – the LSI will be THE place to be!)

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The roof is looking good and it won’t be long before slates can go back on.  There’s still quite a lot of careful repair and restoration to restore the original features in this beautiful old building – but its getting there.

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