September 2015 update

Street works at the top end of St Clements Lane – 12th to 30th October 2015

From Monday 12th October the work to divert underground services away from the Centre Buildings site will continue at the top end of St Clements lane adjacent Portugal Street. The works will take approximately 3 weeks to complete and during this time this section of St Clements lane will be closed off, though   access to the St Clements Building and Towers will be maintained via the Library Plaza as shown on the below plan. Additional signage will be placed strategically to divert pedestrian traffic accordingly.

2015 Oct STC lane closure plan

During the first week of the works the contractor will be using mechanical breaking equipment to remove tarmac and concrete in order to allow them to excavate the trench. These works will cause some noise disruption to buildings immediately adjacent the site, though works will be restricted to the following hours 08.00-10.00, 12.00-14.00 and 16.00-18.00.

As set out in our May newsletter  there should not be any noisy works outside these three periods. If you experience any disruption within the quiet periods then please contact Jas Sidhu on or 020 7955 7778 and she will forward your concern onto the relevant person within the Capital Development Team. 

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused by these essential works. 

Closure of Old Building ramp to main entrance to facilitate tower crane erection 7 – 11 September

From 7th - 11th September the ramp to the main entrance of the Old Building will be closed.  Visitors requiring ramped access to the Old Building should use the ramp on Clare Market into the Student Services Centre for this period.  

Heavy vehicle movements on Houghton Street 8 -10 September

Between 8th and 10th September Cantillon will be taking delivery and erecting the tower crane within the Centre Building (CBR) site.

Due to site constraints, Westminster City Council has permitted vehicle access to the site via Aldwych/Houghton Street for these three days. This will mean that two large articulated lorries per hour will be reversing from Aldwych into the CBR site on Houghton Street between 09:00 and 14:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday and between 09:00 and 11:00 on Thursday.

Due to the size of the vehicles and in order to avoid congestion each delivery will arrive on site at a pre-determined time.  Cantillon will hold the traffic and reverse the vehicles into Houghton Street. Reversing vehicles will be under the direction of marshalls at all times and additional pedestrian barriers will be erected to clearly define the vehicle reversing route and manage pedestrian movements.

Whilst Houghton Street will remain accessible to pedestrians and vehicles in-between these deliveries, it will be busier than usual and if any non-critical deliveries that usually access Houghton Street can be re-arranged on these days it would help ease congestion.

Cantillon operatives are highly experienced in this type of operation in central London and will be employing additional resources on these days to mitigate disruption to the School.

Please remain vigilant whilst walking in this area of campus

Closure of Grange Court 5 – 12 September

Reach Active have been working at the top of the steps on Grange Court for the last four weeks continuing the services diversions required to progress the CBR project.  Initially it was thought that these works would only take two weeks to complete, but due to numerous issues with the excavation and utilities providers, the programme has been significantly delayed.

We have managed to maintain pedestrian access throughout the works so far, mitigating much of the disruption. Unfortunately, we must close Grange Court from 5th to 12th September to allow the contractor to complete the excavation works in front of the steps leading down to the Towers.

Reach Active will continue to adhere to the restrict drilling times between the hours of 08.00-10.00, 12.00-14.00 and 16.00-18.00.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused by this closure, unfortunately these works are unavoidable and must be complete before the start of the new term.

If you experience or witness any issues in relation to the above please contact Jas Sidhu on or 020 7955 7778 and she will forward your concern to the relevant person within the Capital Development Team.