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Performing Arts Centre

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Work progresses at the PAC

No delay at PAC

By Stuart Hainsworth
Leicester's new Performing Arts Centre is beginning to take shape in the heart of the cultural quarter. Check on its progress...

Recent changeable weather conditions in Leicestershire have not hindered progress on the city's new £48 million Performing Arts Centre according to its site manager.

Following two weeks which brought thunder, lightning and lots of rain, work on the project is progressing at a steady rate and remains on track for completion in late 2007.

John Hodson, Site Manager at the Performing Arts Centre for building firm Bovis, says although the rain causes his staff problems, they have managed to cope.

"It slows us down a bit. With the ground conditions being clay, it tends to hold the water, so it does slow you down slightly.

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High up at the building site

"But we have not suffered a delay to the programme, it's been an inconvenience more than anything," adds John who is also Leicester born and bred.

Two of the main foundation bases are in place and work will continue over the next few weeks in completing the build for what will support the structure.

When the 'super structure' is erected erected and in place, work can start on the next phase.

The past four weeks has seen a progression of ground works and a concentration on the 'critical path'. This needs to be installed before work can start on adding any structural elements of the build.

audio Site Manager John Hodson on progress >
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