Gipsy Lane works update 06 September 2013

Notice valid from: 06/09/2013 - 14/09/2013

Expected programme of works from 6 September to 14 September

What's happening on site

  • Paving on the piazza entrance will begin in the next few weeks
  • Lighting is active in many areas of the Library and pooled teaching area
  • 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 in the near future
  • See recent images from the construction site at our Twitter image gallery

What you need to know


  • Tuesday September 10 only, a mobile crane will be coming on site and parking in the car park outside of Main reception and Clerici to lift equipment onto the roof of Abercrombie. This will mean:
    • Headington car park will be closed all day
    • There will be no exterior access on path around library to main entrance
    • Entrance next to Boardroom 2 will be closed
    • The library’s social learning space (rooms L311 to L321) will be closed from 13.30
    • Fourth floor of the Abercrombie building will be closed from 13.30
    • As well as signs there will be Laing O’Rourke representatives managing the access to restricted areas
  • Pedestrian access from Headington Road to the International Centre, Tonge and Sports Centre has changed 
  • Access is maintained by a fenced route next to the Piazza
  • Access to the Media Centre will be provided by a dedicated path
  • Deliveries to the International Centre and Tonge will need to be arranged in advance - please contact for further info
  • The temporary path at the rear of the International Centre and Tonge will remain in use

Gibbs and John Payne

  •  The work to fit a hand rail next to John Payne has begun
  • Ground work behind Gibbs will continue into September
  • This work may still cause some noise and vibration disruption to nearby building users
  • 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 September, 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 now expected to open during the beginning of September

International Centre

  •  Access to the International Centre from Headington Road will be via a new advertised route as detailed above
  • 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 into September 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

  • From Tuesday 3 September access to the Media Centre will be managed by construction staff during concrete breaking
  • This may cause minor delays to users wanting to exit or enter the building
  • The concrete breaking work will cause severe disruption to building users
  • This work is expected to take two days
  • The ramped staircase leading to the print room shutter doors will also be closed, and any print deliveries will need advance arrangement
  • Access from the Media Centre on to the International Centre or Tonge building will be via a new path as detailed above

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