Construction projects

Check below for information on construction projects on campus that are currently underway or starting soon

Concourse redevelopmentConcourse

Work on the University’s Concourse refurbishment starts on 19 February with the creation of a flexible civic space with communal seating areas, new lighting and replacement of the 50-year-old paving. It will be mostly complete for the start of the new academic year. Throughout the work, we are also upgrading security bollards around Concourse and the Arts Tower.

Latest information:

  • Cycle hoops will be fitted by the Alfred Denny building in the new year (2019). In January there will also be some snagging works undertaken, as well as installation of the art wall.

  • Overnight between 28-29 November the University's landscape team will plant a Liquidambar styraciflua next to the Alfred Denny building, in the tree pit which was installed as part of these works. During the day on 28 November they are installing some temporary road plates to safeguard the new paving prior to the crane's arrival. The area will be cordoned off for a short time and the plates will be removed the following morning.

  • The water leak issue was resolved on 5 November and work on completing concourse should now progress swiftly.

  • Bollard installation has started at the front of the Arts Tower car park (Western Bank). On 22 October the cut-through between Hicks and the Students' Union (Leavy Greave) will be closed for further bollard installation - this work should take about 2 weeks and pedestrians will be diverted down Hounsfield Road or through the SU/Interval Bar. A water leak continues to delay some progress outside the Alfred Denny building.

  • In mid September, bollard installation is almost complete at the rear of the Arts Tower - work will soon begin to install them at the front. Under the A57 flyover, a waterleak has delayed progress and we're progressing with this area as quickly as possible.

  • From 15 August the route to Glossop Road via Leavygreave was blocked for the installation of bollards. You can use Hounsfield Road or the SU for alternative access. The route should reopen after three weeks.

  • From Monday 6 August there will be traffic management at the rear vehicle entrance to the Arts Tower car park (off Bolsover Street) as we fit new security bollards. There will be one lane available so at peak times it might take a bit longer to get in or out.

  • From Monday 30 July, for approximately three weeks, access via the steps between Firth Court and the Alfred Denny building and concourse will be restricted.
    While you will still be able to get from Firth Court to Perak Laboratories, the Perak IT centre and the cycle racks, you will not be able to use the steps to reach concourse. There will be no access from concourse to Firth Court. Alternative access is via the footpath on Brook Hill.
    This temporary closure will allow the refurbishment of concourse to progress as quickly as possible.

  • The passage from the Students' Union main doors to the Octagon is closed temporarily so we can make swift progress on this part of the concourse. It will reopen for the open day on Saturday 7 July.

  • The ramp to Hicks building from concourse is now closed. The map below indicates accessible areas. There are two alternative routes to access Hicks building from concourse - either by travelling under the flyover and using the new crossing, or using the stairs next to the Octagon and walking down the footpath towards Hicks.

Concourse map with ramp closure

  • In coming weeks, access down to the ramp to Interval Bar and the Cycle Hub will be reopened. However, the path from the concourse to Western Bank crossing will be closed.

  • You can now access Coffee Revolution via the side door and the external cash machines have been reinstated.

  • Around 6 April a lime tree on Concourse will be removed and replanted on the Broad Lane area of campus.

  • Cycle hoops beneath the Concourse bridge will be removed on week commencing 19 March. Temporary cycle parking will be available next to the Alfred Denny building and all staff and students have swipe access to the new Cycle Hub (accessible from Leavy Greave steps/Glossop Road for the first portion of the programme).

  • There will always be access under the bridge. However, at busy times you may find it quicker to use the Western Bank crossing.

  • Access to the Cycle Hub and Interval Bar will be from Glossop Road/Leavy Greave steps for the first portion of the programme.

  • For some of the programme, access to Coffee Revolution will be via the main Students' Union entrance. The external cash machines are decommissioned for the first part of our programme - there are Santander machines inside the Students' Union.

  • From 1 March a large silo will be situated next to Western Bank. This equipment is essential to ensuring that work is finished on site for graduation ceremonies in July.

Information CommonsInformation Commons Lifts

After ten years the lifts in the IC are in need of a refresh! Work will start on Monday 5 February and should be complete by the summer. The lifts will be replaced one at a time, so that there is always one of the regular lifts still in service, and an additional lift will be opened up for student use while the work is underway.

To minimise disruption to students, the work will be carried out overnight, with any noisy works scheduled for the least busy times. We hope that the work won't disrupt your studies, but if you do experience any significant disturbance, please email the EFM Help Desk at to let us know.

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