This project appears to be currently on schedule with funding in place for completion in autumn 2000.
The project involves transforming the space within the museum's Great Court surrounding the domed former British Library reading room. Architect Foster & Partners and structural engineer Buro Happold have developed a scheme for an immensely complex steel and glass roof spanning between the facades of the rectangular court and the round reading room at its centre.
Demolition of remaining structures within the Great Court should be finished next week and extensive excavation is already under way to reduce levels. Parts of the court are being taken down 9m, which has involved a slurry wall cutoff and jet grouted underpinning to part of the reading room perimeter wall, which is being monitored by a huge array of instruments. Construction work is being managed by Mace and financed by a 30M Millennium Commission grant, 15.75M from the Heritage Lottery Fund and some substantial private donations.