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.

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.

24th April – 28th April

Ground floor (Car Park) – Contractors Compound Set‐up
  • Hoardings made of wooden ply will be built around the designated space. Hoarding construction should be nearing completion by the end of the week. Disturbance – low‐level disturbance due to the use of hand and electric tools, negated by external background noise.
  • The Heras fencing will stay in place until the timber hoarding has been painted.
  • 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) – Asbestos Removal Works Continuing
  • A small amount of asbestos requires removal from the ceiling void of the Lankester room, currently sheeted off with polythene. Disturbance – medium‐level disturbance due to the use of hand and electric tools. Negative pressure extraction fans units will be running continuously causing low‐level disturbance.
  • Contractors will access the area via the fire escape stairs on the Abbot’s Kitchen side of the library.
‐2 Basement (The Stack) – Racking Removal Continuing – Core Drilling of Basement Slab
  • Fixed racking and shelving continuing to be removed. Works will last a further two to three weeks. Disturbance – some low‐level noise and disturbance from the use of hand and electric tools and manual handling of metal and wooden rack components.
  • Core drilling (stitch drilling) of lift pit in basement slab, anticipated to last approx. 2‐3 weeks. Disturbance – medium to high level of noise (example: equivalent to that of a vacuum cleaner running next to your desk constantly)

1st May – 5th May 

Ground floor (Car Park) – Contractors Compound Set‐up
  • Wooden hoardings being painted. The Heras fencing will stay in place until the timber hoarding has been painted.
  • Lifting of paving slabs to investigate the waterproofing of the slab.Erection of the scaffold roof and gantry crane mechanism. Disturbance ‐ some low‐level noise and disturbance from the use of hand and electric tools and manual handling of scaffolding.
  • 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) – Asbestos Removal Works Completion
  • The asbestos works will be completing and their enclosures being removed with hand power tools. Disturbance – low‐level disturbance due to the use of hand and electric tools.
‐2 Basement (The Stack) – Racking Removal Continuing – Core Drilling of Basement Slab
  • Fixed racking and shelving continuing to be removed. Works will last a further one to two weeks. Disturbance – some low‐level noise and disturbance from the use of hand and electric tools and manual handling of metal and wooden rack components.
  • Core drilling (stitch drilling) of lift pit in basement slab, anticipated to last a further 1‐2 weeks. Disturbance – medium to high level of noise (example: equivalent to that of a vacuum cleaner running next to your desk constantly) 

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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