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Refurbishment and planned maintenance works in halls

Photograph of a hard-hatProviding LSE students with homes that are positive places to live and study, and that offer comfortable, modern facilities in central London means that sometimes, refurbishment and maintenance works are run during the academic year.

This page is updated monthly. Projects and schedules sometimes change at short notice, but we're aiming to keep the information on this page as accurate as possible.

Please use this information as an indication of planned work rather than as a detailed plan. Before you apply for a place in halls, please read and consider this information carefully, as it might affect your preferred hall.

Bankside House planned works

Refurbishment of the kitchens and lounges on all the floors at Bankside House is planned for the academic year 2014/15. More information will be posted as soon as further details are available.

Butler's Wharf Residence planned works

Currently no scheduled works at Butler's Wharf Residence.

Carr-Saunders Hall planned works

Currently no scheduled works at Carr-Saunders Hall.

Grosvenor House planned works

Essential window repairs and roofing works are currently being carried out, which require scaffolding outside the building on Drury Lane. Weather permitting, the project is expected to run into December. The scaffold is fitted with an alarm against unauthorised access, but please remember to close your windows when leaving the building.

High Holborn Residence planned works

The ninth floor at High Holborn Residence will be completely refurbished. Work is planned to start in the middle of August 14 and run until the end of December 14. There is likely to be noise disruption from the work between 9:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday. This will be on an intermittent basis, but can be heard throughout the building. High Holborn has a common room/ study area that can be used during these times.

Lilian Knowles House planned works

Currently no scheduled works at Lilian Knowles House.

Northumberland House planned works

Refurbishment of several kitchens and redecoration of the common and computer rooms is planned at Northumberland House. The works are estimated to start in mid July and finish before the start of the academic year 2014/15.

Passfield Hall planned works

University College London (UCL), one of Passfield Hall's Bloomsbury neighbours, is currently working through a master plan to improve its built infrastructure. Endsleigh Place - the road opposite our main entrance - will be used as a holding bay for heavy plant vehicles before they can proceed to the UCL campus building sites. Works start at the end of October 2014 and are expected to continue for 18 months. The area will be marshalled to help facilitate access and minimise disruption. For more information, visit: UCL Bloomsbury Masterplan|.

External re-decoration of the main building 
UPDATE - The external re-decoration project was limited to the main building only, after an extensive survey at the beginning of the project allowed for inspection of all the details.

  • Many historic features of the building were uncovered and are being restored.The survey has also revealed unexpected defects on the roof and external drainage infrastructure of the building. We are in daily communication with the building contractor and are working towards resolving all the issues that are identified.
  • There will be access restrictions to the main entrance during the final phase of the project - decoration of low level of the building. An alternative entrance to the building will be set up and all residents will be informed.
  • The project will continue beyond the month of November. Progress meetings with the building company and architects are held on site every Thursday and our project board is updated weekly.

Venetian blinds will be replaced in all ground floor and lower ground floor rooms on the in all three buildings at Passfield Hall. This project is scheduled for the end of November 2014 and residents will be informed closer to the date to advise on room intervention.

Flooring will be replaced on the lower ground floor in both annex buildings at Passfield Hall. This project is scheduled for the month of November 2014 and will only last for a week. There will be disruption and some areas of those floors will not be accessible for a couple of hours. We will communicate with residents to plan and schedule various stages of this project.

We'll refresh the decorative fabric of the bathrooms throughout the first term. This means that your nearest bathroom may be closed for a couple of days. Should this be the case, we ask you to use the next available bathroom on your floor.

Rosebery Hall planned works

The lifts in the Myddelton Wing have been causing ongoing problems and need complete refurbishment. They are over 22 years old and finding spare parts is becoming increasingly difficult. We have decided to take them out of commission and refurbish them completely, according to the following schedule:

10 November 2014 to 25 January 2015: Lift No 1 will be out of action for refurbishment.Only lift No 2 will operate.

25 January to 5 April 2015: Lift No 2 will be out of action for refurbishment. Only lift No 1 will operate.

5 April 2015 onwards: both lifts are expected to be back in service.

All being well, we'll be able to take the spare parts from lift No 1 and utilise them in No 2, in order to get it back into service speedily and improve the reliability in the long term.

Sidney Webb House planned works

Refurbishment of the kitchens in Blocks D and E at Sidney Webb House has now been completed.

Block F kitchens are due for refurbishment in 2015. A schedule has yet to be confirmed.

Once works start, noise disruption should only be intermittent and during normal working hours 9am to 5pm.

UNITE Stratford ONE planned works

Currently no information.

urbanest King’s Cross planned works

The King’s Cross area continues to be developed, and there will be building works next to urbanest King's Cross until approximately August 2015. Some noise disruption may occur during the day. Facilities and services at urbanest King's Cross are not expected to be affected during this time.