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    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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    Current redevelopment works

    Demolition of Helena Kennedy complete; Sinclair ground floor demolition complete and refurbishment complete, with alternative access into Sinclair now in operation until full completion.

  • Headington expected programme of works as of  Wednesday 16 October 2019


    The Sinclair project includes a new building exterior (cladding) and all levels of the building will be fully refurbished with new laboratory, study and office spaces. Currently, the ground floor is being refurbished, in what is the project's final phase.

    • All internal decorating works are now complete and the transfer of furniture back into Sinclair is taking place over the coming week.
    • The internal door leading from the Annex into Clerici has closed while work is undertaken in the area; access into the Annex will only be through the external door opposite Gibbs. This internal access route may be used in the case of an emergency evacuation only.
    • Paving on the courtyard between Sinclair and JHBB has been completed. Part of the courtyard between Sinclair and JHBB has reopened following paving works, but a small cordon around the Sinclair entrance will remain until completion.
    • From w/c Monday 7 October groundworks, including the construction of a new ramp entrance to access Sinclair, will begin in the area by the Annex and the site compound by Gibbs. This is likely to create some noise and disruption to nearby occupants. This work is expected to be completed by Monday 11 November.
    • From Tuesday 15 October, extra vehicles and restricted parking will affect the area between Sinclair Annexe and Gibbs and the immediate vicinity as equipment is removed from the site and furniture is moved into the Sinclair building. 

    Access into and through Sinclair during refurbishment of the ground floor: 

    • The fire exit at the base of the east (Clerici) end stairwell may be used as a general entrance and exit for Sinclair.
    • Access into Sinclair from the Gibbs side (adjacent to the contractor’s compound) is closed.
    • Access from Clerici into the ground, first and second floors remains open and unchanged (except for the periods detailed above for decorating works).

    Helena Kennedy/Headington Hill site

    • Demolition of the Helena Kennedy building structure is now complete, with construction of the new building expected to start in the coming months

    Headington Hill Hall

    • A temporary heating system is being delivered on Wednesday 16 October which will connect directly into the existing heating system to provide full central heating via the normal radiators throughout the building. Three parking spaces to the right of the front entrance of Headington Hill Hall will be cordoned off from this date to accommodate the temporary generator. 
    • It is expected that this will be operational by the end of the day on Thursday 17 October, at which point electric heaters that have been issued temporarily will be collected, as full central heating will have been restored throughout the building.
    • Work is also taking place to install the new permanent gas boilers. This is likely to take approximately four weeks. A changeover from the temporary to the permanent system will be notified in due course and will be scheduled over a weekend, to minimise any impact on staff, students and visitors.