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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 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 commencing; Sinclair fourth floor progressing well, with decorating work and tiling taking place.

  • Headington expected programme of works as of Wednesday 14 November 2018


    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. The current phase of works sees the refurbishment of the fourth floor and roof.

    • General works are continuing on the fourth floor: flooring installation, plastering, glazing, electrical installation, decoration works, tiling.
    • The scaffolding near the chimney will be taken down during w/c Monday 26 November; this should take around one week.
    • From this date, contractor staff will use the Sinclair west (JHBB) end stairwell to access the fourth floor.
    • The fourth floor is expected to be handed over to the University in early December, with colleagues due to start moving to the fourth floor during w/c Monday 17 December. The faculty admin office will also move during this time.
    • In advance of this, on Friday 23 November, Student Support Co-ordinators currently based on the ground floor of Sinclair will move to Fuller (FH103C).
    • In the new year, as the ground floor closed for refurbishment, access into the building will change:
        A temporary entrance from the Central Courtyard directly into the west (JHBB) end stairwell is likely to be created.
        Access into Sinclair from the Gibbs side (currently adjacent to the contractor’s compound) will close.
        Access from Clerici into the ground, first and second floors will remain open and unchanged.
    • As in previous semesters, the contractor has agreed with the faculty to avoid works which will create high volumes of noise during practical lecture introduction times (9.00-9.30am, 1.00-1.30pm daily).
    • Colleagues based in Sinclair have been notified of suggested alternative working arrangements should this be appropriate and required during higher levels of noise.

    Helena Kennedy / Headington Hill site

    • Demolition of the Helena Kennedy building structure is underway, with a focus on internal strip-out at present.
    • External demolition will commence during w/c Monday 26 November and is expected to be complete in mid-February.
    • Machines will 'munch' through the building, working from the Gatehouse end to the Headington Hill Hall end.
    • Additional lighting has been added to the perimeter of the site to enhance the pedestrian experience during the works.
    • Some adjacent pedestrian routes have been affected (please follow local signage) and a small number of parking spaces are now closed and will remain closed throughout the demolition and construction period. Further information has been sent to parking permit holders.