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CLOSURE OF FRONT QUAD – forwarded from UCL Estates

By Jay Woodhouse, on 10 August 2022

Please see below a message from UCL Estates about the Front Quad Closure:

Apologies for the very short notice on the following message:

Unfortunately the Front Quad is being closed to all but essential pedestrian traffic from today (10th August) until 25th August to enable the installation of a new drainage pipework to be installed from the Pop-Up to existing drains close to North West Wing. This is to facilitate the conversion of the Pop-Up to wet lab teaching space in time for Term One (the drainage is only to support the sinks in the labs, there are no toilets being installed).

Pedestrian access will be maintained for those using North West Wing, Slade, Wilkins, Chadwick and South Wing, but there will be a defined pedestrian walkway, either directly into the Chadwick front entrance for Chadwick users, or across the North West Wing entrance, and around the grass adjacent to North West Wing, that will need to be followed. Everyone else will be asked to use other routes i.e through Malet Place/Gordon Street. There will only be vehicle access available for emergencies.

All events have been relocated from the Quad, and notifications have been made to those specifically affected (that I’m aware of).¬†There is hopefully going to be some messaging coming out from CAM to reach the wider community and the Student Union are also sending out communications, but please do pass this onto anyone you feel may be impacted.

We have asked the Project Team to ensure that the pedestrian route created is fully accessible.

I am currently awaiting a programme of works from the Project Team, but they are planning to be on site between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Sunday. There will be some periods of noisy work as they excavate the tarmac area. They will be working to incredibly tight deadlines, to get the works completed before Graduation Ceremonies start in the Quad at the end of August – structures will start being erected on 27th August, with the ceremonies starting on 31st August, immediately followed by Welcome activities for the new term.

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