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Update on recent and upcoming works

The following information has been shared with the College’s students, staff and Fellows by email by the Operations Director.

Last updated: 2 July 2021

The summer vacation period is traditionally a busy time for the College’s building-related projects and maintenance activities, which we ramp up to ensure we are ready for the start of the next academic year.

We are sharing a summary of the activity scheduled this summer to avoid any unexpected disruption and enable you to factor this information into your plans. This schedule encompasses larger projects and more routine works that all contribute to providing a welcoming and safe environment for future generations of students, staff and Fellows.

 

Location

Timing

Activity

Notes

Projects

Island site: Central Spaces project

July–September

Installation of foundations

  • Potential noise disruption
  • Crane will be lifting various steelwork and material
  • Small periods of service disruptions (please see below – affected members of our community will be given advance notice of any further disruptions)

Underground drainage

Erection of scaffolding in old hall space

Mechanical, electrical and plumbing works

Installation of steelwork

Commencement of fit-out in basement, kitchen and rare books

Widening and repair to chapel door

Island site: L & M staircases

July–2 October

Stripping out building for refurbishment

  • Part of Sherlock Court not accessible
  • Fellows’ car park not in use for any parking
  • Frequent deliveries to rear of College – please respect the gates and any instructions from SDC staff to keep you safe from vehicular movements
  • Potential noise disturbance over extended hours (8am–midnight)
  • Hot water supply turned off to I,J & K staircases (once vacated by students)
  • Potential for small periods of services disruptions (please see below – affected members of our community will be given advance notice of any further disruptions)

Installation of new services

Replacement/refurbishment of windows

Replacement of roof to L

Fit out

Island site: E staircase

July–late September

Upgrading fire protection with the application of protective coating to door frames and furniture

  • Presence of contractors
  • Limited noise

St Chad’s

5 July–30 July

Fire door inspections

  • Brief spells of disruption (30 minutes) for residents in Old House when access to doors is needed, although this will be limited to weekdays 9am–4pm

19 July–late September

Repairing and replacing the surfaces of walkways

  • Access to flats will be limited based on the sequence of repairs

Russell Street

5 July–24 September

Decorating corridors, kitchens and dining areas

  • Presence of maintenance team 8am–4pm weekdays
  • Wet paint

1 August–31 August

Fire door inspections

  • Brief spells of disruption (30 minutes) for residents when access to doors is needed, although this will be limited to weekdays 9am–4pm

29 Barton Road

5 July–24 September

Decorating kitchens and bathrooms

  • Presence of maintenance team 8am–4pm weekdays
  • Wet paint

Island site: Bull building

14 July

Repairing roof

  • Noise expected 8am–5pm

Island site: Sherlock Court

14 July

Repairing pipe outside A staircase

  • Noise expected 8am–5pm

Service interruptions

Island site: Woodlark building, G & H staircases

To be Advised

Replacing water main

  • Small periods of service disruptions (please see below – affected members of our community will be given advance notice of any further disruptions)

Island site: Old Lodge, C & D staircases

9am 5 July–

6pm 6 July

Isolating heating system

  • Little impact expected ­– heating not essential during the summer

Island site – Catzebo kitchen

9am 6 July

for up to 7 hours

Installing isolation valves to hot and cold water supplies

  • Brief interruptions in water supply expected (15–30 minutes)
  • Schedule pre-agreed with Catering team to avoid impact on lunch service

Island site: Woodlark and G&H

15–16 July

Isolating gas supply

  • Hot water and heating may be interrupted 9am–4pm, although stored water will continue to be available and could mean interruptions go unnoticed

Find out more about our major building projects.