Works updates

We’re developing campuses for the future. Where possible we keep disruptive work to times that limit the impact on local residents, staff and students. With the size of some of the works we are doing this is not always possible. Keep up-to-date with current works and route changes on all our campuses.

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*Please note that the Works Update is currently paused due to the impact of Covid-19. The reintroduction of the Works Update will be considered in early 2021*

Expected programme of works as of Thursday 12 March 2020

Renovations of pooled teaching rooms

An ongoing process for the renovation of pooled teaching rooms across the University’s estate continues. Recently completed work included IT, AV and furniture improvements in the Tonge and Gibbs buildings.

The latter received positive academic feedback stating that “the room improvements have also made it easier to deliver lectures and workshop materials more effectively.” It was also noted that “to hear students commend their working space and the appreciation felt that they are being invested in and supported was remarkable.”

More detailed information on work over the summer will be confirmed in a future Works Update.

Paul Kent halls of residence

Internal refurbishment works began on Monday 6 January and are expected to be completed in December 2020. Students have moved into the rooms completed as part of the first phase of refurbishment works last year.

Changes to lighting control systems

Work is continuing to change the lighting system in various University buildings - including Clerici, parts of Sinclair, the Sports Hall, International and Lloyd on the Headington Campus and N block at Harcourt Hill.

The work will require new control cables in the buildings’ corridors, installation of new controllers in each light or group of strip lights, installation of wires back to local control units and the replacement of switches and presence detectors. The team conducting the work will use existing conduits and cable ways in walls and ceilings, which should mean there is no need to cut existing plaster ceilings or walls.

Each building will take up to four weeks, with the whole project looking to be completed by Summer 2020. Work in N block at Harcourt Hill has been completed. Sinclair Annex and Level Two are now taking place after work completed on Level One in the building. Work will take place in the Sports Hall on the Headington Campus from 6 to 10 April 2020. Timescales for other buildings requiring work are to be confirmed and further information will be provided in future Works Updates.

Red Oak

Planning permission was recently granted for the continued use of the Red Oak building on the Headington Hill site for a further three years. Minor remodelling works were recently completed and the space is being used for rowing training for the rest of Semester Two.

Headington Hill site

Demolition of the Helena Kennedy building structure is complete. The University will make a further announcement in the future to update on the development of this work and latest timescales.