Student information

Information for Students

Developments at the Clarendon site

As you may have seen from elsewhere on these project pages, the development of the Beecroft Building on the former car-park in front of the Clarendon is gathering pace.

There are a number of areas where there are changes in practicalities for the Clarendon site from last year.


The development means that some of the cycle racks have been relocated. Additional cycle parking has been made available on Keble Road, and on the grassed areas on Sherrington Road and in front of the Robert Hooke Building, as on the map.

Please do not attach bicycles to fences, or any areas of the construction compound or entrances – cycles in these areas may be removed without warning.

For cycling more generally, please be aware that the cycle paths and footpaths on Parks Road will have temporary closures and diversions throughout the build.

Clarendon Reception and Tutor Pigeonholes

The old Clarendon Reception area and pigeonholes have been closed and relocated to temporary facilities in the Martin Wood entrance. Please see the map below.

This new reception has a proximity card reader (as at the Denys Wilkinson building) – please hold your University Card to the reader for a few seconds for the green light.

Access for Lectures

For lectures in the Martin Wood lecture theatre, please access through the new main reception entrance.

For lectures in the Lindemann lecture theatre, please arrive and leave through the Martin Wood doors. The Martin Wood doors continue to be on the same swipecard access as before.

The new arrangements may cause some congestion, particularly as lectures changeover – please ensure you plan to have plenty of time to be seated for the start of lectures.

Practicals and the Denys Wilkinson Building

Practical labs and access to the DWB are unaffected by the development, and unchanged from last year.

Teaching office

The teaching office has relocated to a new site, in the adjacent Robert Hooke building. New signage is being developed, and forms etc can be left with reception.

Road and Site Safety

The development site will continue to have a lot of heavy plant and equipment across the whole of the coming academic year and beyond. There will be traffic marshals and banksmen on-site from early morning. Please respect their instructions, the footpaths and the cycleways marked, and be aware of earth moving and construction equipment, particularly when entering or leaving the science area around the Sherrington Road entrance.

More information

More information of the project progress will be posted on these pages as the construction progresses. Michaelmas term will see drilling and construction of the Secant Pile structure which will encase the basement of the new buildings, and Hilary and beyond will see excavation for the two below-ground floors of the building and the foundations. Looking further ahead, we expect the construction of the building frame to start, with practical completion and occupation anticipated from Christmas 2017.