Every now and again, we come across a resident who requires specialist care to enable them to be removed from an area that we are due to refurbish. This was the case of the resident skeleton at QMUL’s Garrod Building.
Named in recognition of esteemed physician Sir Archibald Garrod, the Garrod Building is listed and of great historical importance. The project comprised of the full strip out and refurbishment of 14 teaching rooms and associated corridors.
An area within the building featured a human skeleton, carefully displayed in a glass case of around 100 years old.
The safe removal of the skeleton was a massive challenge as the case itself measured over 3m tall.
Both the glass case and the human skeleton were carefully stored whilst the works were undertaken and were to be relocated once complete.
How was this done?
Piece by piece, the team had to carefully remove the skeleton from the case and into safe storage. Beading was then removed and the glass case was dismantled whilst works were undertaken. Once finished, the glass case was then rebuilt with the help of specialist services and the skeleton was rehomed in the newly refurbished room.