Key contacts

Project Manager
Andy Coleman MRICS


June 2018 - work starts

Dec 2018 - completion


Physics Tower Maintenance

Following the latest meeting with Estate Services and contractor Morgan Sindall, here is a summary of work planned for the coming week. Read these updates to keep informed on any noise disruption or changes to schedule.

Key points for W/C 20 August

Monday – replacement of the windows on level 3, South elevation begins.  Some noise is expected in this area.

Monday / Tuesday – erection of the external mast climbers to all elevations.  This will involve drilling into the concrete floors of the tower and will result in some intermittent noise.

Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Friday – grinding of the external concrete fins on the North elevation continues.  Dust should be minimal but building users are advised to keep windows closed during this time.

Tuesday – replacement of the windows on level 3, North elevation begins.  Some noise is expected in this area.

Wednesday / Thursday / Friday – replacement of the windows on level 7, West elevation begins.  Some noise is expected in this area.  Electricians will also begin pulling cables on level 3.  No electrical disruption in expected.

Thursday – grinding of the external concrete fins on the South elevation is due to take place.  Dust should be minimal but building users are advised to keep windows closed during this time.

Contractors will be visible around the outside of the tower at all floor levels from this time.

Timescales for the project remain the same and all decant information can be found on the website.

Detailed summary available here - Physics works - 200818

Essential repairs and improvement works have begun on the Physics tower block, Streatham campus and will continue until December 2018.

There is a need to update the exterior of some of the tower block and to install new windows throughout the building to help extend the life of one of our most prominent features on Streatham campus and provide an enhanced working environment for students and staff using the building. This work will improve ventilation and thermal performance within the building, and will provide new automated double glazed windows with a manual override, much better suited to the needs of building users. Work will also be undertaken on the roof of the tower block to add insulation and renew the roof coverings which will decrease our carbon emissions and reduce energy costs.


Work will take place in three phases encompassing two floors at a time. During each phase, colleagues on each of the two floors affected will relocate to alternative office and teaching space for an estimated period of up to six weeks.

Decant accommodation includes a mix of existing offices and temporary space. All colleagues that are required to relocate should now be aware of their decant locations, move dates and moving arrangements. The process of moving from offices is being managed by an external removal company and each office will be visited to confirm exact requirements for furniture and removal. Colleagues will have received crates in which to place personal belongings and any materials they wish to take with them. All chairs, desk drawers, IT equipment and phones will be transferred to the relevant temporary accommodation. Full WiFi and data facilities will be available and the IT team are working to ensure specialist technical requirements are managed and transferred.  

Parking is no longer available in the rear Physics car park and for health and safety, the covered bike rack area to the side of the Physics building is also not accessible. This will be removed during the construction work and replaced with a new facility once the work is complete.

To ensure the safety of building users, pedestrians wishing to access the temporary accommodation to the rear of the building will be directed to use the internal corridor and exit to the rear of the main block, or to use the higher path that runs along the side of the building just below the Sports Park. Diversions will be in place. The existing accessible parking space will be relocated, adjacent to the rear door, to keep it away from the contractor’s activities.

Decant timeline:  

Mon 4 June

Contractor site set up and scaffolding - loss of parking to side of building

Thurs 26 – Fri 27 July

Phase One begins - Decant floors 3 and 7 (academics into LSI, PGRs into Physics room 124). Contractors begin work

Mon 6 August

Set up of temporary office accommodation – parking lost in rear car park

Sat 1-Sun 2 Sept

Floors 3 and 7 move back – all UGF teaching areas handed back

Phase two begins - Decant floors 5 and 6 (temporary offices in rear car park)

Weds 17 – Thurs 18 Oct

Floors 5 and 6 move back

Phase three begins - Decant floors 2 and 4 (temporary offices in rear car park)

Thurs 29 – Fri 30 Nov

Floors 2 and 4 move back

Mid Dec – early Jan

Scaffolding removed and work complete

Throughout the construction work, weekly meetings will take place between the contractor, Estate Services project manager and Physics representatives to deal with any issues and outline the work planned for the following week. These details are published on this website.

A representative from each floor within the Physics tower will attend these meetings. These ‘floor champions’ will feedback any concerns or questions from colleagues to the project group to ensure any issues can be resolved quickly. Please contact your floor champion if you have anything you wish to raise.

Floor champions:

-          Emma Way (floors 4-5)

-          Alex Corbett (Mezzanine – floor 2)

-          Srivastava, Gyaneshwar (floor 3)

-          Bill Barnes (floor 6)

-          Eric Hebrard (floor 7)

-          David Colridge General enquiries -


The Estate Services team are working closely with colleagues in CEMPS to ensure the project runs smoothly and the impact of the work is managed carefully and considerately.

All works will be undertaken by a third party contractor and their nominated sub-contractors, and as part of the tender process, there will be clear restrictions and constraints on methods of construction outlined to ensure the disruption to building users is limited.

If you have any immediate questions, please email Lisa Littlechild.