Due to changes in the construction programme at the St Cross building, works will now need to be carried out during the Hilary Term. This work is critical to the success of the programme and we are grateful to building users for their continued cooperation and understanding. Every effort will be made to ensure that the impact of these works is tightly managed. The acoustic partitioning which is being installed over the next two weeks should assist in reducing noise during this period.

The area most affected by the work will be the south side of the building. This is the area of the building where the Bodleian Law Library is located. The works will be to construct the new Bodleian Law Library lift, works to the Law library staff offices and on the Ground Floor to construct new mobile shelving.

These works will necessitate the closure of the Gulbenkian lecture theatre and the admin team is in the process of arranging alternative space for lectures which would ordinarily take place there.  It is envisaged that work will start at 7:30am and will cease at 5:30pm from Monday to Friday.

It may also be possible to progress works to the ground floor main lift shaft and adjacent toilet accommodation in the Hilary Term period, subject to the approval of adjacent building users. The work would be managed to avoid disruption to the adjacent English Faculty lecture theatre, and the English Faculty library. Possible strategies, (to be finalised), include the use of out of hours working, the deferment of some of the work to the Easter Vacation, and the possible relocation of some of the teaching (by agreement with the English Faculty and Library).

Staff will have an opportunity to learn more during the upcoming faculty board meetings when members of the construction and project team will give an overview and take questions.