On supposedly the hottest day of the year so far, our temporary Porters’ Lodge seemed to drop from the sky as it was craned in to place near the main Hughes Hall gates.
The Maintenance and Porter teams were on standby as the transportation crew and team of architects assisted the pre-fabricated container in to place.
Head Porter Jonathan Aveling watched on as this marks a milestone for his team – the first ‘Plodge’, albeit temporary, in the 133-year history of the College.
Jonathan commented: ‘We are looking forward to having everything we need under one roof. A place for parcels, a place for students pigeon holes and most importantly a home for the Porters team.’
Since Jonathan’s appointment as Head Porter in June 2017 he has been working hard to recruit a Porter team that suits the needs of our modern and cosmopolitan College. His team of 6 posts now includes Cambridge’s youngest ever full time porter (we believe), a combined experience in public service of over 100 years, student porters selected from the College and casual porters with extensive Portering and customer service experience.
Over the next few weeks the container will be transformed into a temporary Porters’ Lodge, with the hope that one day we will raise enough money to build a permanent Porters’ Lodge.