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Staircases G, H, I, J

The 54 rooms on these four staircases will be refurbished this year.

The project commenced Monday 11 May and completes Friday 18 September 2020 with Housekeeping stripping out and refurnishing work during w/c 4 May and during the fortnight commencing 21 September.

The project will also include the stripping, refurbishment and re-waterproofing of the walkway roof over the Auditorium.

Contractors’ entry to College is through Herschel Gate at the end of Herschel Court and the contractor’s site covers from Herschel Gate along the garden side of the main college building up to G staircase, including the gravel area at the foot of G staircase. Access to the site is through G staircase stairwell from the garden entrance and via a hoist operating from ground level to the auditorium roof.  The site also encompasses the auditorium roof and walkways both at the front and rear of G-J staircases.

The site access route will be constructed as a temporary roadway.

Please observe access restrictions and signage and do not enter the site unless authorised to do so.

Garden fire escape doors from staircases A through F will be for emergency exit only as they will open onto the contractors site.  Caution MUST be exercised when using these exits as the contractor will be using dumper trucks along the site route to Herschel gate.

Site operating hours will be 7.30am to 5.00pm with noisy work not to commence until 8.00am.  The site will be operational Monday through Saturday.

As part of the water-proofing project, there is a need to remove the finishes from the auditorium roof including paviours, screed and insulation. This necessitates the use of kango drills / mechanical breakers which I am sure you realise will cause noise that will reverberate around the College estate.  We expect the work to be done in about 1 week during w/c 29 June.

Emergency contact details for site management are available through the Facilities Manager or the Porters Lodge.


Main College Boiler renewal

The second of the three main boilers will be replaced this summer.  The programme commences 6 July for preparatory work with boiler delivery expected in August.  The existing boiler no 1 has been renovated and is functioning reliably so interruption to hot water during the project is not expected.  There will be some disruption to access routes around the service yard.


Fire Alarms System updates in 2 Adams Road, 4 Adams Road, 1A Sylvester Road and 3 Sylvester Road houses

This work is to upgrade existing systems with L2 standard systems and in each house will take approximately 1 week.  The work will involve access to all rooms.

The work is scheduled as follows:

7/7/20-10/7/20- 1a Sylvester Road

13/7/20-17/7/20- 3 Sylvester Road

20/7/20-24/7/20- 2 Adam Road

27/7/20-31/7/20- 4 Adams Road


2 Adams Road

The final element of the programme of window replacements will continue during the summer and the schedule will be posted as agreed.  There will be limited disruption in those rooms affected (east and south sides of the building) as windows are removed and replaced.  Scaffolding will be in place during the works and car parking will be restricted.

Revised Schedule:  Scaffolding erection w/c 63 July; Windows replacement work w/c 13 July x 2 weeks


Tree works

As usual there will be tree works being undertaken around the College estate.  The work may well commence earlier than usual so please be prepared and observe any access restrictions that are in force.

Schedule:  w/c 7 September

For any advice or queries, please contact:

Bill McKim: or

Nick Milne


Correct as at 1 July 2020