Gipsy Lane works from 16 August 2013

Notice valid from: 16/08/2013 - 25/08/2013

Expected programme of works from Friday 16 to Sunday 25 August 2013

What's happening on site  

  • The first shop frontage and glazing has been fitted to the Colonnade building
  • Paving on the piazza entrance will begin in the next few weeks
  • The granite floor of the Terrace is completed
  • Lighting is active in many areas of the Library and pooled teaching area
  • The lecture theatre and smaller lecture rooms are receiving final fittings
  • Specialist joinery (e.g. counter tops, room dividers) is being installed within the Library
  • The Colonnade's feature corten steel ribbon façade is expected to arrive on site later this month
  • Scaffold removal throughout the building's interior is revealing the Forum's full scale  

See recent images from the construction site at our Twitter image gallery

What you need to know


  • Pedestrian access from Headington Road will change in the next week
  • Access to International Centre, Tonge and Cheney School fields will be maintained but provided by a new route
  • Access to the Media Centre will be provided by a dedicated path
  • Access through the central courtyard may occasionally be affected by work at height using crane equipment
  • Vehicle access to campus and the construction site from Headington Road is closed
  • Deliveries to the Print Room, International Centre and Tonge will need to be arranged in advance - please contact for further info
  • Pedestrian access between Headington Road and Cheney School field remains diverted via the path at the rear of International Centre and Tonge 

Gibbs and John Payne

  • Excavation behind Gibbs will continue through August
  • This work is likely to cause some noise and vibration disruption to nearby building users
  • There will be a continued increase in HGV traffic using the road from Fuller to Gibbs and John Payne
  • Please take care when using the pedestrian crossing in this area and listen carefully to instructions from construction staff 

Buckley and Abercrombie

  • A mobile crane has been erected on the site of the piazza and will create background engine noise throughout the rest of the summer
  • When paving work begins in late August, trimming of stone may cause some erratic disruption from hand tool use 


  • The remainder of works in this area should be low impact on nearby building users as paving and landscaping is completed


  • The newly paved slope outside Tonge is expected to open in the second half of next week 

International Centre

  • A change of access to the International Centre will take place once the newly paved slope outside Tonge is opened
  • When active, this change will provide building access from the direction of Cheney School field, via the new slope
  • Concrete breaking and excavation will continue in the areas in front and to the side of the International Centre
  • This work is expected to cause disruption to building users through August and will be followed by paving works
  • The building entrance has been reduced to a single door but access will be maintained at all times, occasionally managed by construction staff 

Media Centre

  • Access to the Media Centre will change during the next week
  • A dedicated path will provide building access, but no through route to other buildings
  • The ramped staircase leading to the print room shutter doors will also be closed, and any print deliveries will need advance arrangement
  • It is expected that a day of severe disruption to users of the Media Centre will result from programmed concrete breaking in the near future
  • Users will be notified in advance of the schedule for this work when confirmed
  • Concrete breaking will continue between the Media Centre and International Centre and close to the Media Centre entrance
  • Media Centre users will continue to experience noise and vibration disturbance throughout August

Full information is provided in the latest Space to Think works booklet - please email if you wish to receive a copy

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