Gipsy Lane works from 20 September 2013

Notice valid from: 20/09/2013 - 29/09/2013

Expected programme of works from 20 September to 29 September

What's happening on site

  • The first area of new paving outside Tonge should open next week
  • The Colonnade building façade is completed, including shop front windows
  • The corten steel frontage to the building will begin to arrive on site soon
  • Paving on the piazza entrance will begin in the next few weeks
  • The granite flooring throughout the building has been laid, with only the Forum remaining
  • Lighting is active in many areas of the Library and pooled teaching area
  • The specialist projection equipment has been installed in the lecture theatre and Union Hall
  • Joinery finishes (e.g. counter tops, wall panels) are being installed within the Library

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

What you need to know


  • Dismantling work close to the Main Lecture Theatre may cause some disruption to teaching on Monday 23 September
  • Please refer to provided signage for altered routes around campus and assist new arrivals and returning students to do the same
  • Pedestrian access to the International Centre, Tonge and Sports Centre has changed and a new footpath is signposted
  • Access to the International Centre entrance will be altered via the newly paved slope outside Tonge when this is reopened next week
  • The temporary path at the rear of the International Centre and Tonge will remain in use until the new slope is opened
  • Access to the Media Centre is provided by a dedicated path
  • Deliveries to the Print Room, International Centre and Tonge will need to be arranged in advance - please contact for further info

Gibbs and John Payne

  • Paving work behind Gibbs may cause some minor noise for sustained periods during the trimming of stone slabs
  • Contractors will make effort to minimise this disruption to building users, which is expected to continue for the rest of the month
  • 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 for the remainder of the works
  • When paving work begins, trimming of stone may cause some erratic disruption from hand tool use


  • The remainder of works in this area should have little impact


  • The final fitting of the hand rail to the stairs outside Tonge will be completed next week
  • Following this work, the newly paved slope is expected to open during the beginning of next week

International Centre

  • Access to the International Centre from Headington Road is via a new advertised route as detailed above
  • In Week 1, access to the building is expected to be altered and will be reached via the newly paved slope outside Tonge building
  • Ground works 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 into October 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 is now provided by a dedicated path and occasionally managed by construction staff during concrete breaking
  • This may cause minor delays to users wanting to exit or enter the building
  • Reduced concrete breaking work may continue into the middle of next week and cause severe disruption to building users
  • Access from the Media Centre on to the International Centre or Tonge building is via the new path as detailed above

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