Construction of a goods lift at the Radcliffe Science Library

A public consultation was held in July 2016 regarding a proposal to create a new goods lift. We have recently obtained planning permission to take this project forward. Construction works began Monday 10 April 2017 and will be complete in the autumn.

Project overview

The lower sub-basement of the RSL is being redeveloped as a shared storage space for the four museums. Storage for the museums is currently spread across a number of sites and the use of the space within the sub-basement of the library will consolidate a large part of this.

The first stage in the redevelopment is the construction of an external lift, which will improve goods access from the parking area of the courtyard in front of the Museum of Natural History to the underground levels of the library. The work will take approximately six months.

Current status

Site set‐up is well underway and works have commenced at all levels. Penetrations in the slabs from ground down to the basement levels are now complete and formation of the lift shaft is now underway.

Description of construction work

The creation of the lift shaft will start with a hole being cut in the concrete floor of the courtyard. This will cause some noise and vibration - the build team will do what they can to mitigate this. The team will cut through the car park level, go down through the Lankester Room and then create a lift pit in the -2 level. They will then build the walls back up, creating a lift shaft. A box will be installed to create a glass enclosure. Small lobbies from the lift will be created at levels -1 and -2.

19-30 June

Ground floor (Car Park) –Paving works & muck‐away

  • Lifting of additional paving slabs and removal of loose materials to uncover further sections of the slab.

Disturbance – Medium‐level disturbance due to the use of a hoist and compressor being located at ground level, hoisting up and down materials.

  • Saw / Disk cutting of the car park slab.

Disturbance – some medium level noise and disturbance from the use of large saw/disk cutting equipment into the concrete slab. Craning of sections.

  • Contractor deliveries to the site will be frequent, but measures are in place to control traffic flow – they are not expected to restrict the movements of delivery vans or visitors.

‐1 Basement (Lankester room) – Lift shaft works

  • Formation of concrete block lift pit wall.

Disturbance – Medium‐level disturbance due to the use of a hoist and compressor being located at ground level, hoisting up and down materials.

  • Contractors will access the area via the fire escape stairs on the Abbot’s Kitchen side of the library.

‐2 Basement (The Stack) – Formation of concrete pit and lift shaft works

  • Remove concrete sections of basement floor slab.

Disturbance – Medium‐level disturbance due to the use of a hoist and compressor being located at ground level, hoisting the large concrete section up. Noise from concrete sections being dropped into the lorry.

  • Some excavation of soil/clay and clay slurry from ‐2 level pit.

Disturbance – Medium‐level disturbance due to the use of a hoist and compressor being located at ground level, hoisting up and down materials.

  • Possible need to break out further concrete of existing building foundations, subject to findings.

Disturbance – Medium to high‐level disturbance due to the use of a hoist and compressor being located at ground level, hoisting up and down materials, and use of a jack hammer to break out further sections of concrete.

  • Installation of concrete shuttering and steel reinforcement to form concrete pit.

Disturbance – Medium‐level disturbance due to the use of a hoist and compressor being located at ground level, hoisting up and down materials.

  • Formation of concrete block lift pit wall.

Disturbance – Medium‐level disturbance due to the use of a hoist and compressor being located at ground level, hoisting up and down materials.

  • Contractors will access the area via the fire escape stairs on the Abbot’s Kitchen side of the library.

5-16 June

22 May - 2 June

15-26 May

1-5 May

24-28 April

10-13 April

13-24 March

Regular updates about upcoming works will be posted on this page.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience these works may cause. If you have any concerns regarding the above, please contact:

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