Victoria Arches/Cathedral Steps Update
(Various Re-visits Ojay/Stepping Lightly + Others)
My original thread HERE
Codename 'Irwell City Park' I first read about this HERE
Here is an artists impression of the finished article for those that haven't seen it before
And a map of the whole project
PDF Link HERE
Anyway, after months of speculation about supposed work etc going on underground in the 'Arches' I decided to go and take another look here to see what all the fuss was about.......
The verdict, very little!
Infact the only visible evidence is a number of bore holes in the brickwork at varying heights in strategic places and within specific 'Arches' that link back to the proposed plans above. A number of survey markings as shown in the pictures below with measurments marked up, again in specific places.
There has also been a few smaller 'digs', again in strategic areas which on closer inspection appear related to the proposed CATHEDRAL WALK BRIDGE.
This links back to the following findings by Stepping Lightly in July 2009
These 'Test Digs' it's fair to say are in relation to the foundations that will be required to support the new structure. It also appears that despite the plans they may only be utilising the top section of the arches, IE Arches 1 to 10 as this is where the majority of the findings were observed.
Here are a few photos of some of the changes
Dig in Arch 2, this is where the CATHEDRAL WALK BRIDGE will be constructed
Survey markers, these were all over Arches 1 and 2
Test bore; hole at 2.5m. Again these were found in various places throughout Arches 1 - 10.
Cores from test bores
Measurements in Arch 8