I visited the Plymouth Ideal Org building today, and all of the plant and equipment that was being used to remove asbestos-containing material (as per planning requirements) is now gone, as are all the statutory warning signs.
When asbestos removal is complete the site generally has to be left in a sealed condition for some time literally for the dust to settle. Then independent officials test assess asbestos levels in the air. If they are below a set threshold, the site is cleared for development.
Consequenly, I expect nothing happen for weeks – and then the real bulding work will commence.
Also, I commit myself to the prediction that Scientology is aiming to (finally) complete this project by September/October 2020. The images confirming that phase one is complete, and my rationale for this theory appear after the break.
So What’s New?
First off, here’s some of the equipment that was used to deal with the removal of asbestos-containing material from the building. It’s sitting in the secure parking area around the side. There are more detailed images showing details of the specialised equipment used for the safe removal asbestos-containing materials in this earlier post.
This project has been underway since July 2019.
Suites of rooms seem to have been sealed off with plastic, one at a time, and ventilated through filters while the asbestos-containing material was removed in sealed bags. Since this may include textured paint wall and ceiling board that was likely to take some time to do properly and safely.
The contractor has now had sufficient time to gut the interior, and this preparatory work does now seems to be complete.
The temporary ventilation conduits, which were relocacted as the workers progressed through the building are now gone too, and the areas they were put through made good, confiming completion.
It should be noted that asbestos-containing materials, like textured paints and ceiling board are not considered to be as dangerous as raw asbestos because they are encapsulated in other material, not present as fine asbestos dust. While the standards for disposal of these materials are high, work on removing them can proceed at a more rapid pace, and confirmation of decontamination does not take as long either.
Now that the specialised equipment is gone, it’s likely that visible renovation work will soon commence on the fabric of the building . Here are the images, taken today, which confirm that all equipment is gone from the secure area.
Will Work Recommence?
When Scientology decides to push an Ideal Org renovation through in the UK, it’s typically done in record time – with expensive overtime to complete the job to a tight deadline.
The only thing that might have been holding this race to the finish back is the theory that David Miscavige, the present ‘leader’ of Scientology may have gone into hiding to avoid being served with summons to appear in court.
However, he has recently been served with those documents in the US by alternative means. At the time, he was in the UK, where he made a speech at the annual gala of the International Association of Scientologists held at Scientologys UK headquarters, Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead.
He’s not in hiding, then.
Since then, two American Ideal Orgs have announced the date of their ‘grand openings’, so it looks as if the Ideal org show is back on the road.
When Will Pymouth Ideal Org Open, Then?
Scientology, and Miscavige personally, will soon come under unprecenented legal pressure. They need a lot of positive PR
This will not be aimed at the general public. They are a lost cause, which Scientology has distanced themselves from. Instead of stopping people on the street, members now promote their cable TV channel. This distances the dwindling numbers of ordinary members from the indifference (and sometime hostility) of the public. They need positive PR so that their own people don’t become disillusioned.
Here’s my theory.
On the 6th of September 1620, the Mayflower departed Plymouth on a 66-day voyage to the New World. It’s an iconic event in US history and, 400 years later, all through 2020, it’s going to be commemorated in the UK. It’s already being promoted in Plymouth.
The IAS event (mentioned above) typically takes place in October. While Miscavige was here for that event in 2017 he took the opportunity to open the Ideal orgs in Firhouse (in the Republic of Ireland) and Birmingham in England.
It’s quite possible to have Plymouth Ideal Org ready for opening around September/October 2020 and a date close to the departure of the Mayflower would provide David Miscavige with a rousing speech on the theme of ‘religious freedom’ tat ould be reorded and distributed worldwide.
This is just the kind of opportunity that might appeal to him.
There are serious challanges facing such a project. Miscavige requires a lot of room his grand openings. He needs to accomodate a bussed in crowd, a boom camera, lighting, huge video displays and more (see the two links above). That’s going to be difficult, because the org does not possess any defensible space – he would have to obtain permission to cordon off and sight-screen a large area of public space for the occasion. However, when he wants something done, a lot of money and effort are put into making ‘command intention’ come about. A way might be found.
So… there’s my prediction – Work on Plymouth Ideal Org will continue apace with a deadline for a September / October opening. Miscavige might even bring the IAS event forward to September so that he can hold the Ideal Org opening on that magic date of the departure of the Mayflower – September the 6th.
Watch this space, if only to see me come unstuck 🙂
PS: Building standards require that the premesis is now left sealed and undisturbed for several weeks before any other work is done. This is so that dust can settle. The place will then be rechecked for contaminatation. If it fails this test, it must decominated and wait for another settling period.
The job was done by a reputable contractor, so it will almost certainly pass first time. Even so, nothing is going to happen for a while. However, builders should still easily be able to meet a September / October deadline.