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From trees to 7-11

Preamble

There was a chicken farm next to my block of flats, smelly, but at least it was a green heat sink.

Then last week the corrugated iron fencing all came down and a clearance operation was in operation. My heart sank. I have taken a series of photos on random sequential days to show the progress, see below.

Social and Noise issues

Obviously living next to a construction site is not ideal, as in Thailand, work starts at around 8 am and continues until dusk, which is a around 6-7 pm.

Evidently, 7-11 are just renting the ground space, and they are building a single two storey building, with the upstairs being used for stock, which will take 45 days. So there will be an end to the construction noise, eventually.

However, as was pointed out to me, that is not the end of the problem, but merely the beginning. 7-11 have an associated infamy relating to the noise that they generate at night. As they are generally the only places that are open all night, they become a magnet (a social beacon, if you will) to drunks and boisterous youths, who congregate and consequentially create a generally unacceptable hubbub throughout the small hours.

Also, one must not forget that the presence of a 7-11 will have a serious impact upon the three local stores and the street stalls. Those shops which sell beer will continue to profit as they can sell beer 24 hours a day, whilst 7-11 is constrained by their licensing times. However, sales of other merchandise, such as yogurt, soft drinks, confectionery and savory snacks, such as crisps, will be affected.

As it was (without the fence)

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2016-03-29 – Some of the corrugated ironwork fencing is still visible
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2016-03-29

Cutting the trees down

The next day the chain saws moved in. No protective gear, and some very dubious handling techniques. I am amazed no one lost a hand.

Lots of the locals were out watching the events.

2016-03-30 - The trees
2016-03-30 – The trees
2016-03-30 - The tallest tree
2016-03-30 – The tallest tree
2016-03-30 - The cutting of the tallest tree
2016-03-30 – The cutting of the tallest tree
2016-03-30 - The cutting of the tallest tree, an aide cools the chainsaw
2016-03-30 – The cutting of the tallest tree, an aide cools the chainsaw
2016-03-30 - The cutting of the tallest tree, nearly all the way through
2016-03-30 – The cutting of the tallest tree, nearly all the way through
2016-03-30 - The cutting of the tallest tree, starting to fall
2016-03-30 – The cutting of the tallest tree, starting to fall
2016-03-30 - The tallest tree felled
2016-03-30 – The tallest tree felled

The cleared site

For a day, or two, the site was bare.

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2016-03-31 – Scorched earth policy
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2016-03-31
2016-03-31

April Fool’s Day

2016-04-01 - April Fool's Day
2016-04-01 – April Fool’s Day
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2016-04-01

The builders move in

The following day, came the builders. It was a very windy day and the new green corrugated fencing was put up so badly that it almost blew over and collapsed on to the street vendors. Their screams of terror persuaded the workers to make it somewhat more secure.

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2016-04-03 – The new corrugated fencing nearly got blown over
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2016-04-03 – The workers begin…
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2016-04-03 – The vehicles
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2016-04-03 – Generator and tripod
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2016-04-03 – The precarious fencing support
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2016-04-03 – Religious artefacts
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2016-04-03 – Laying out the pipes for the bores

 

Chakri Day

Even though today is a public holiday, these chaps are still working

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2016-04-06 – Chakri Day
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2016-04-06
2016-04-06
2016-04-06

7th April

I decided to take some overhead shots

2016-07-04 Overhead view
2016-07-04 Overhead view of North side
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2016-04-07
2016-04-07 Overhead view of South Side
2016-04-07 Overhead view of South Side
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2016-04-07
2016-04-07 Back on the ground
2016-04-07 Back on the ground
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2016-04-07

9th April

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2016-04-09
2016-04-09 Tripod for the piles
2016-04-09 Tripod for the piles
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2016-04-09 Not much left
2016-04-09 Not much left
2016-04-09 The dodgy fence
2016-04-09 The dodgy fence
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2016-04-09

11th April

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21st April 2016

Today work finally resumed again. In the morning the small excavator began digging trenches.

The digger starts
The digger starts
View from the crossroads
View from the crossroads
The digger moves
The digger moves
View to the North West
View to the North West
The dig at an odd angle
The dig at an odd angle

By evening, the job was pretty much finished

The site at dusk
The site at dusk
The view North West at dusk
The view North West at dusk

The digger had excavated around the piles

Excavation around the piles
Excavation around the piles
Another pile
Another pile
The view East
The view East

The next day – April 22nd 2016

In the morning sun, the photos were less blurry

20160422 - Pile #1
20160422 – Pile #1
20160422 - Pile #1 and surrounding area - Looking East
20160422 – Pile #1 and surrounding area – Looking East
20160422 - Pile #2
20160422 – Pile #2
20160422 - Pile #2 and surrounding area - Looking East
20160422 – Pile #2 and surrounding area – Looking East
20160422 - Looking NE
20160422 – Looking NE
20160422 - Looking NW
20160422 – Looking NW

At midday some workers appeared as well as tools and other junk

20160422 - The appearance of junk
20160422 – The appearance of junk

A couple of overhead views offer a better insight to the work of the digger from the day before:

20160422 - Overhead view of North side
20160422 – Overhead view of North side
20160422 - Overhead view of South side
20160422 – Overhead view of South side

Later the green fence was being taken down and some workers appeared to be tilling the earth.

20160422 - Taking the fence down
20160422 – Taking the fence down
20160422 - Manual clearance
20160422 – Manual clearance

23rd April

The following day something was being made out of wooden poles, where the fence had been taken down.

20160423 - Building something
20160423 – Building something
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By the end of the day a hut had appeared

20160423 - A couple of workmen's huts
20160423 – A couple of workmen’s huts
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20160423 - Rear view of huts
20160423 – Rear view of huts

Also a pile of metal rods has appeared

20160423 - A pile of metal rods
20160423 – A pile of metal rods

25th April

The morning two days later (I missed a day due to an obligatory trip to Cambodia), the digger was back

20160425 - The digger
20160425 – The digger

26th April

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20160426 - Mounds of earth and the strengthening rods
20160426 – Mounds of earth and the strengthening rods
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Later that same day, in the afternoon, piles of sand and sacks of cement had appeared

Work was also continuing into the night, under floodlit conditions – no photos unfortunately.

27th April

The digger had been clearing some space, and the metal rods had been bent into cube like shapes.

28th April

Some metal rod bending activity maybe visible in the background, by the chaps in black at the middle of the site.

29th April 2016

Ariel shots

30th April

1st May

The first and second of May were holiday days, so not much happened.

3rd May

More excavation

4th May

Ariel shots showing the beginning of the foundations taking shape

5th May

The foundations are really taking shape, and the earth is being loaded into small trucks and moved off site

7th May

More progress,  which can be seen more clearly from the overhead shots.

8th May

More earth being removed, more foundations, and some green fencing at the back (East side) of the site is taken down, to allow the dumper trucks and excavators, access.

One thing to note is that the earth from the site (even when it was a chicken farm) really has the same form as the earth found on rubbish dumps – that is to say that it is strewn with shredded plastic bags and other domestic detritus, through out the layers of the soil. Apart from the obvious health risks involved in working upon such ground, without adequate protection, the lighter plastic waste gets blown about, into the air and on to neighbouring property. Today, I saw Mam, the maintenance lady, having to sweep up a large quantity of such plastic waste.

9th May

10th May

Ariel view

Pouring of the concrete to finish the foundations

11th May

Ariel View

Crane lifting in the floor slabs

12th May

Ariel view in the morning

Ariel View a few hours later

Remaining floor slabs lifted into place

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Cementing the floor

Night work – for the past week work has been going 24 hours, with work continuing at night

13th May

Ariel view

14th May

Ariel View

Ground Level

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Later on  the same day

In the evening

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15th May

First thing in the morning, at dawn

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Later on

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Ariel view

16th May

First thing in the morning

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Ariel view

Night work

18th May

Ariel view

Ground view

19th May

Ariel view

Ground level

20th May

Ariel view

Ground view

You can see that the temporary housing is being dismantled. As well as a hole being dug.

21st May

Ariel View

Ground view

The hole and the trenches for the drainage can easily be seen. Also, the connections to the electricity supply can be seen. The roof has been completed.

22nd May

Ariel view

Ground view

The trenches for the water and sewerage are more complete today.

23rd May

Ariel View

Ground level

The partitioning continues to be put in place.

24th May

Ariel view

Ground level

The windows have been put in over night.

Later on, that same day

25th May

Ariel view

Ground level

26th May

Ariel view

Ground level

27th May

Ariel view

Ground level

Later that day, the final preparations for the opening

28th May

Opening day

Ariel view

Ground level

Final Word

Trump confuses 9/11 with 7-11

 

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