Work continues this week on the Levels 1 and 2 redevelopment project. The images above show Level 1 (basement) of the building which is set to become a large, comfortable and quiet study area. This is a space most of you probably won’t know existed – historically used as ‘store’ area for less frequently borrowed books. The machine you see is a heavy duty drill, which is being used to remove the concrete floor in order to install a special flood proof membrane, and is the cause of the loud drilling noise currently heard throughout the building.
Although the majority of this work is taking place between midnight and 7:15am, to minimise disruption to Library users, it’s been necessary to continue during daytime hours, this week, in order to stay on track. The drilling noise is likely to continue throughout the weekend but we hope it’ll settle down again next week.
Elsewhere in the building contractors are pulling out all the stops to strip out Level 2 and work is forging ahead on the new lifts which are still ahead of schedule with an expected completion date some time in August.
Some dust has gathered in the building this week, particularly in the Tower 5 stairwell, as a result of the building work. Contractors are putting measures in place to reduce this and the University’s Cleaning Services are working very hard to clear up the mess.
Please bear with us through all of this as we strive to create new and improved study areas for our students and members. We really think it will be worth it in the end! Keep checking here, and our refurbishment web pages, for updates, info and images.