As part of our ongoing regeneration of the University's public realm, we are refurbishing the Concourse connecting the Students' Union area with the Alfred Denny building.
When complete, this key thoroughfare which passes under the A57 will also be a flexible civic space designed to accommodate the functions and events which take place regularly. At night, a new lighting scheme will create a safe and secure space for those passing through.
To ensure that the space can still accommodate landmark events such as graduation and open days, the newly designed Concourse will be uncluttered. It will include new paving, seating and social opportunities and an art wall. The new paving replaces the current, 50-year-old surface.
Green areas are being retained and redesigned, working with staff from the Department of Landscape. There will be new terraced areas with lots of soft planting including hedges, flowers, grassed areas and small trees. Where possible, removed trees and plants have been recycled across campus.
This is one of the most used areas of campus and experiences heavy footfall, so the design has considered the flow of pedestrians and bikes.
If you're interested in developments, check the Latest News below - updates will also be posted on our Twitter feed @EFM_Online.
Project Manager: Brian Evans, Department of Estates and Facilities Management
Throughout the improvement works, pedestrians and cyclists will be able to use the Concourse to travel under the road.
This work will affect the amount of cycle parking around the Concourse, particularly underneath the bridge. The Cycle Hub, next to the Students' Union, and temporary cycle parking by the Alfred Denny building will be available as an alternative.
Overall access to buildings in the region of the Concourse will not be affected, though routes to them may change - users may have to add more time to a journey to allow for diversions.
13/12/2018: 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.
27/11/2018: 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.
05/11/2018: The water leak issue has now been resolved and work on completing concourse should now progress swiftly.
19/10/2018: 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.
17/09/2018: 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.
15/08/2018: The route to Glossop Road via Leavygreave is currently blocked for the installation of bollards. You can use Hounsfield Road or the SU for alternative access.
06/08/2018: 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.
30/07/2018: 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.
23/07/2018: Following graduation, work has started again on the Alfred Denny side of the bridge. All passageways on the SU side should now be unaffected.
08/06/2018: The ramp to Hicks building from concourse is now closed. 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.
10/05/2018: 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.
08/05/2018: You can now access Coffee Revolution via the side door and the external cash machines have been reinstated.
19/03/2018: Cycle hoops under the flyover will be removed this week.
19/02/2018: First phase has begun on the Concourse. The quickest route to your destination may be via Western Bank crossing.
29/01/2018: Confirmed contractor Henry Boot will start on site on 19 February 2018.
14/12/2017: Work is expected to start on site in early February 2018.
We started on site on 19 February, completing in September 2018. We are taking a phased approach, starting close to the Students' Union and working towards the Alfred Denny building.
What work is taking place?
We are repaving the area, removing bike racks under the bridge and introducing more furniture and planting. An art wall is going to be installed, along with a comprehensive lighting scheme.
How will this affect my journeys around campus?
We anticipate that there will always be access under the bridge. Considering the scale of this work, we suggest that you think carefully about your journeys and anticipate routes changing as the project progresses. Check this page and @EFM_Online for updates.
There will be comprehensive signage to guide you.
How will I benefit from this project?
Once complete, the Concourse will be a brighter, safer area with more room to accommodate the heavy footfall on this part of campus, especially at commuting and changeover times.
The new space transforms the Concourse from an area to 'pass through' to one in which to stay and socialise.
We have safety concerns about the current paving, laid about 50 years ago. This project ensures a long-term, safe surface for pedestrians and cyclists.
I cycle to campus and park my bike under the bridge - what should I do when the work starts?
We are removing the cycle parking beneath the bridge, but there are a number of alternative options. Temporary racks will be placed below the Alfred Denny building's overhang, and the new Cycle Hub next to the Students' Union is available to all with a U card. Click here to find out more about the Cycle Hub.
What will be visible on site?
Much of the work will be taking place behind mental fencing. However, the site cabins will be next to the Alfred Denny building and Henry Boot is bringing a silo for mixing mortar onto site which will be situated close to Western Bank crossing.
This piece of equipment, standing at seven-metres high, will save the contractors considerable time so is essential to ensuring that work is finished on site for graduation ceremonies in July.
Concourse through the years
As one of the most used areas of campus, the concourse has been photographed throughout the years at many stages of development. Check out the images below.