The Treasury Building has now been largely emptied of its contents, prior to handover to the contractor for Project Pegasus on or around 15 May. The contractor can accommodate a short overlap to allow the final items to be removed whilst it does its surveys and investigations. The Library books destined for storage have been cleared out; as have most paintings, the Readers’ shields and furniture. Necessary restoration work is being carried out in parallel where it makes sense to do this. All Hall tables have been disposed of and the Inn’s silver is now variously deposited safely in Middle Temple and at the Goldsmiths’, Pewterers’ and Vintners’ Livery Companies. The marble Pegasus above the back door will be cut out, conserved and stored during the construction works; the Grinling Gibbons wood carving will be dismantled and conserved; and the Steinway piano has been given a temporary home at the Razumovsky Academy, of which Master Rix is a Trustee. The chandeliers have been dismantled for rewiring and storage.
The Sub-Treasurer’s Office, the Treasury team, the Porters and the IT team are now installed in 1 Mitre Court and committee rooms set up there and at 3 KBW (South) - the latter also now houses the residual catering team and student societies. The three new committee rooms have been named Lane, Llewelyn Davies and Williams after well-known female former members of Inner Temple. Almost all of the Inn’s events scheduled in 2019 have been placed in alternative venues (mostly at Kings College London – KCL – and at the Law Society in the case of E&T events) and work has begun to place the 2020 events. Swift progress has been made at 10 Fetter Lane to establish a temporary library and this should open shortly. Circulars from the Treasurer and Sub-Treasurer have kept members and other stakeholders informed of progress and the first of what will be a regular series of newsletters from the contractor has issued.
During the 22-month construction period, it will be crucial for members to check the location of events carefully. Bookings will have to close two weeks in advance of each event and there will be little if any flexibility to make subsequent changes.