Project update

We have the keys!

After over two years of construction, and many more of design, planning and fundraising, Sectional Completion on the Beecroft Building was achieved on 19 March 2018!

Ongoing works are to finalise the exterior of the development, and to install office equipment and furnishings. We are anticipating occupation of the building from April 2018.

Watch this space for updates on building features and plans for the official opening

Car parking

There is no hiding from the fact that we have lost a number of “Hunting” parking spaces around the old turning circle and across the build area generally. Unfortunately, parking is likely to get even tighter as the spaces at the Sherington Road entrance will be lost to form the development perimeter.

Please make alternative travel arrangements wherever possible, as the spaces have been lost permanently, and there will be heavy competition for the remaining spaces close to the Science Area.

Cyclists

On Friday 29 May (2 weeks later than previously communicated), the bike sheds adjacent to the Lindemann laboratory will close permanently. Please ensure that any possessions you have in the cycle sheds are removed before this time, as items removed when the sheds close can only be retained for a short period.

Alternative cycle racks are available nearby opposite the front of the Townsend Laboratory, on Parks Road and on Keble Road. Secure cycle parking options are being explored, and will be updated as soon as available.

Please do not use the railings at the front of the Martin Wood building as cycle racks – clear access is needed to the building, and the entrance will be increasingly busy as the Lindemann doors are permanently closed.

On Parks Road, the cycleway along the front of the development site will be closed once the safety hoardings are erected, to enable machine access to the site. Cyclists should divert onto Parks Road itself for the short length of the frontage.

Pedestrians

On Parks Road, the pavement along the front of the development site will be closed once the safety hoardings are erected, to enable machine access to the site. Pedestrians will be diverted onto the grass verge for the short length of the frontage.

Safety and Security

The changes to access and exit points will lead to different pathways for exit in the event of a fire or other emergency. Signage is currently in the process of being updated to reflect the new emergency exit routes, and you should familiarise yourself with where your new exit route might be.
The muster areas in the event of evacuation will be moved to the area in front of New Biochemistry, and a separate communication will be sent to all those affected.

The construction site itself is likely to be extremely busy, and there will be up to 200 contractors on site at any time. Please be aware of the likelihood of increased site traffic, and the coming and going of heavy construction equipment and site materials. Your safety is important, so please use the walkways and pavements.