After the opening to the public of the Domus Aurea Worksite on Saturdays and Sundays, which continues to see an uninterrupted flow of visitors, work on the “Domus Aurea Project” continues both with consolidation inside the monument, to be described in detail in our forthcoming articles, and in the Oppian Hill Park .
We are proceeding with the complex structural rehabilitation work in the so-called “Little Barracks” and have finished consolidating and securing the decorated surfaces in rooms 24, 25, 56, 58, 59, 60, 63 and 116. We are currently in the process of finishing work in rooms 22, 23 and 62, which will shortly be completely free of scaffolding.
Room 23, cleaned area on the south wall – SOPRINTENDENZA Archive
Room 23, cleaned area on the vault – SOPRINTENDENZA Archive
Corridor 62, securing the decorated surfaces– SOPRINTENDENZA Archive
Corridor 62, detail showing the detachment of the preparatory layers and the painted surface from the wall– SOPRINTENDENZA Archive
In the meantime, we have completed the tender process for the work to complete consolidation in rooms 32-33-34 and planned the new projects that will shortly enter the tender stage.
In the Oppian Hill park, in the area above the Domus Aurea, we have continued work to lay the provisional drainage layer, which seems to be performing its task of reducing the serious seepage of water into the interior of the monument effectively by ensuring surface drainage. We intend to extend this drainage project in order to allow us to continue work even during very heavy rainfall.
The pilot worksite: water spraying during work in the summer – SOPRINTENDENZA Archive
The pilot worksite– SOPRINTENDENZA Archive
To the great satisfaction of all our staff, we are about to complete work in the Pilot Worksite as well. Here, after consolidating and repairing of the gaps in the ancient structures that appeared during excavations, we have finished putting in place the layers of the package comprising the “Integrated Protection System” with the network of drainage pipes and the cable ducts for the monitoring systems. All that remains to complete this important project test is the final phase, with the planting of the chosen trees and shrubs, the creation of the paths and the digging of the small drainage channels; then this first part of the new sustainable park will be ready.
In the meantime, digging work for the construction of the sewer pipe that will channel waters into the municipal system is underway.
We have updated the State of Progress and the expenditure report.