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)
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.
The cleared site
For a day, or two, the site was bare.
April Fool’s Day
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.
Even though today is a public holiday, these chaps are still working
I decided to take some overhead shots
21st April 2016
Today work finally resumed again. In the morning the small excavator began digging trenches.
By evening, the job was pretty much finished
The digger had excavated around the piles
The next day – April 22nd 2016
In the morning sun, the photos were less blurry
At midday some workers appeared as well as tools and other junk
A couple of overhead views offer a better insight to the work of the digger from the day before:
Later the green fence was being taken down and some workers appeared to be tilling the earth.
The following day something was being made out of wooden poles, where the fence had been taken down.
By the end of the day a hut had appeared
Also a pile of metal rods has appeared
The morning two days later (I missed a day due to an obligatory trip to Cambodia), the digger was back
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.
The digger had been clearing some space, and the metal rods had been bent into cube like shapes.
Some metal rod bending activity maybe visible in the background, by the chaps in black at the middle of the site.
29th April 2016
The first and second of May were holiday days, so not much happened.
Ariel shots showing the beginning of the foundations taking shape
The foundations are really taking shape, and the earth is being loaded into small trucks and moved off site
More progress, which can be seen more clearly from the overhead shots.
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.
Pouring of the concrete to finish the foundations
Crane lifting in the floor slabs
Ariel view in the morning
Ariel View a few hours later
Remaining floor slabs lifted into place
Cementing the floor
Night work – for the past week work has been going 24 hours, with work continuing at night
Later on the same day
In the evening
First thing in the morning, at dawn
First thing in the morning
You can see that the temporary housing is being dismantled. As well as a hole being dug.
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.
The trenches for the water and sewerage are more complete today.
The partitioning continues to be put in place.
The windows have been put in over night.
Later on, that same day
Later that day, the final preparations for the opening