Key contacts

Project Manager
Andy Coleman MRICS

Timescales

June 2018 - work starts

Dec 2018 - completion

Budget
£2.6M

Physics Tower Maintenance

Construction work will commence at the end of term three. Prior to this work starting, external scaffolding will need to be erected at the base of the tower but this will not cover the whole building and windows will not need to be covered so visibility and ventilation will not be affected. The erection of scaffolding will commence on Monday 4 June. Parking to the side of the Physics building will be lost from this date. Work is due to complete by Christmas.

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 be required to relocate to alternative office and teaching space for an estimated period of up to six weeks. Decant accommodation will be a mix of existing space and temporary buildings near to Physics - this includes, the 5th floor offices in the LSI building for academic colleagues, room 124 in the Physics building for PGRs, and temporary office accommodation in the rear car park. Once the decant process begins, parking to the rear of the building will no longer be available. A decant timeline is available below.

The process of moving from offices will be managed carefully with all colleagues kept informed of how and when they will be impacted. The removal process will be managed by a removal company and colleagues will be provided with crates in advance of the decant in which to place personal belongings and any other materials required during the decant. Chairs and PCs will be moved to the temporary accommodation; other furniture will be covered and protected. Secure storage for any confidential materials not required during this time will be available, and there will also be accessible secure storage in the temporary accommodation. 

Reminder emails will be circulated to colleagues required to relocate during this process.

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

Once construction work begins, details of work planned for each following week will be published on this website to ensure we are able to mitigate as far as possible any potential disruption. 

Essential repairs and improvement works are scheduled to take place on the Physics tower block, Streatham campus, from April to November during the 2018/19 academic year (dates to be confirmed)

There is a need to update the exterior of some of the tower block and to install new windows throughout the building which will help to 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.

In order to safeguard the research activity taking place, the Estate Services team have been undertaking tests to explore how noise and vibrations travel throughout the tower block and adjacent building. Noise monitoring will continue to take place throughout the duration of the works, and monitoring points both inside and outside the building will be in place to ensure any disruption to research activity and teaching is kept to a minimum wherever possible.

Once construction work commences, weekly meetings will take place between the contractor, Estate Services project manager and a Physics representative to deal with any issues and outline the work planned for the following week. These details will be circulated and published on this website.

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.