The second phase of operations scheduled for 2018 aim to complete the preparatory work, which comprises the following:
- Final layout of architectural fragments
The architectural fragments which will not be used in the restoration will be laid out in the marshy area to the west of the monument. To this end, a base of approx. 600m2 will be built of reinforced concrete. However, the marshy nature of the site necessitates a geotechnical and structural design by a civil engineer. Once the design is complete, the base will be constructed and the architectural fragments will be transported and arranged in groups on it.
- B. Final design of the restoration of the Stoa
Completion of the necessary 3D renderings of the architectural fragments to be used in the restoration, and detailed recording of the monument’s current condition. Once these data have been collected and processed, the final design of the partial restoration of the Stoa can go ahead safely.
- Construction of additions to the architectural fragments
Final selection of the type of marble to be used in the restoration and procurement of the material so that the processing of the new architectural fragments and the additions to the existing ones, as envisaged in the design, can go ahead.
- D. Setting up the construction site for the restoration work
Organising the construction site with the equipment necessary for restoring and assembling the architectural members and selection of the appropriate system for lifting, moving and placing the bulky elements in their original positions. The selection of the crane will take into account the various challenging parameters: difficult access to the island, lack of approach to the monument for the machinery, the great weight of the architectural fragments (with one lintel alone weighing some 11 tons), weather conditions with strong winds, the aesthetic impact on the landscape, etc.
- Annual weeding and cleaning
Weeding and cleaning must be performed on an annual basis so as to preserve the neat aspect of the monument and the classification site, so as to enhance the visitors’ experience and facilitate the operations.