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2019/20 WORKS BRIEFING Update 1

Archive Building construction

Car parking at front of 5 Adams Road closed.  On-road vehicle activity also curtailed with the installation of water-filled bollards.

Access to building restricted – please see and observe signage.  Usual entry/exit via kitchen door at east end of building (front door only for emergency exit).  Also access to east side of 6 Adams Road will be restricted and use of the kitchen door will be for emergency exit only.

Please be aware that 5 Adams Road contains the IT hub that controls the network communications to 4, 5 and 6 Adams Road houses; 1, 1A, 2, 3, 3A and 3B Sylvester Road houses; Thorneycreek House and Cottage; and the Wardens Lodge.  There will be occasions during the project when power supply and/or network connections will need to be disrupted.  As far as possible, we will provide advance notice but we strongly advise that back-up routines are followed more rigorously that you might usually do throughout this project.

The project is progressing on schedule and is expected to continues until 23rd December 2019.

5 Adams Road

Right hand Gable End repairs and renovations to be conducted during course of the summer months Date TBC.

During this work, the bathroom on the second floor will be out of use as the work will include removal in part of the roof and walls.  The bathroom will therefore also be refurbished at the same time.

Thorneycreek House

15th July: compound setup around the house to incorporate the drive from Herschel Road, the vehicle turning and parking area and around the building to the north (Gardeners compound) and south (croquet lawn) sides.  Access will be restricted – please observe signage: 

No access along Thorneycreek drive

No access around TCH paths to croquet lawn

No access to road and turnaround in front of TCH

No access between 2 Sylvester and TCH

Limited access to north of house (Gardeners compound side).

Car parking at Thorneycreek closed.

This project involves major repairs and renovations including the renewal of the hot water and heating system, the electrical wiring system, IT network infrastructure as well as some building modifications and general redecoration.  The project is expected to take up to 9 months (end March 2020).

Main College Boiler renewal

One of the three main boilers will be replaced this summer.  The final programme is yet to be agreed contingent upon delivery but is expected to follow this approximate schedule:

29-30 July: fitment of new slatted doors on the newly created access doorway.  Restricted access on side route during this work.

During period 10-26 August: Isolation and removal of old boiler, valve work, etc will result in 3-day interruption of hot water supply – exact dates TBA.  In-College residents will be advised of precise timing of this disruption and alternative facilities will be made available as possible.

September: New boiler delivery and fitment to be scheduled – not expected to cause disruption to supply or noise.

Service yard disruption expected during removal and delivery periods TBA.

Replacement of Mobile Phone Mast – Q staircase
Sunday 11 August: Grange Road will be closed for the period 09.00-17.00 on this day to enable to parking of a crane which is required to manoeuvre a mast to replace the existing one on Q staircase. This will include restrictions of pedestrian movement in parts of the College – notably Long Court and High Court due to overhead working. More information to be issued in due course.


Power Outage for Emergency Lighting battery testing

21 and 22 August: Controlled power down of LIGHTING only on a staircase by staircase basis in the Main College Building will be scheduled to enable emergency light batteries to undergo annual testing.  The schedule will be arranged and advised by the Facilities Manager in advance and disruption is expected to be minimal with natural daylight being sufficient to continue working. 

2 Adams Road

The programme of window replacements will continue during the summer, from w/c 12 August.  There will be limited disruption in those rooms affected (north/front side of the building) as windows are removed and replaced.  Scaffolding will be put in place on 8 and 9 August.  Car parking will be restricted from then for up to 2 weeks.

Tree works

19 July: Fallen tree on the island (partially into the brook) will be cleared.

During period 10-26 August:  Tree works to be undertaken around 2 Adams Road house.  Access restrictions will apply to be advised in due course.

Other activity planned

Service Yard safety works to include separation of traffic/pedestrians, white-lining, signage, double gate closure, booking-in point telephone installation.

Schedule TBA probably Christmas vacation.


New cycle store at Herschel Road

Planning application in progress

Schedule TBA


Cooling tower demolition and construction of temporary road

Schedule TBA



Correct as at 17th July 2019