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Please regularly check this page for updates. 

November 2018 -  Changes to cycle access and parking | Hoardings, Piliing, Cabins

The construction of Biochemistry phase 2 project will mean changes to the way cyclists access and park their bicycles in the Science Area. Additionally, gates in the hoardings will be locked, and preparations are being made for the arrival of pilings and cabins. Find out more.

October 2018 - Changes to Cycle Routes and Bike Parking

Hinshelwood and Sherrington road will be closed to cyclist. New cycle racks will be installed in alternative locations. Find out more.

October 2018 - Site setup begins, Pedestrian Routes Altered, Parking Relocation

The early site setup works will start on Monday 15 October. Hoarding will be installed, and while disruption will be kept to a minimum, there will be an impact on vehicle and pedestrian routes, and works will start to impinge on car parking availability in the area. Find out more. 

Mid-August 2018 Update

The team delivering Biochemistry phase two is working to ensure value for money and cost certainty for the University. To this end further packages for the construction are being tendered. At this time we do not anticipate starting on site prior to the 18th September. Further updates will be posted as dates for the works are formalised.

August 2018 Update - Site Logistics

Following a period of consultation with the various stakeholders in the Science Area the outline logistics plan has now been developed as indicated on the accompanying Site Logistics document (pdf).  Access to all buildings for staff and teaching as well as the maintenance of deliveries and collections are being considered and are of course essential for the area. It is intended that new signage will be put in place across the areas affected to help direct cyclists, pedestrians and vehicular traffic. The signage, hoarding and barriers are to maintain safety and segregation of all traffic wherever possible.

The site preparation works are proposed to start towards the end of August, with hoarding being installed. The welfare cabins directly outside the Sherrington building are planned to be maintained until early next year when these will need to be replaced with more substantial facilities to accommodate the larger workforce then required. The location of these remains to be defined and the plans will be updated when released.

Download Outline Logistics Plan (pdf)

July 2018 Update

The design team are working towards completion of RIBA stage 4 and the main contractor for construction, Laing O’Rourke, has been selected. Details on hoarding lines, placement of temporary and longer term welfare facilities and logistics scheme are being refined in discussion with the surrounding building occupants and wider University where required. The traffic management plan for construction works will be agreed with the city planners. Work on site is anticipated to start August/September time, with the hoarding and temporary welfare facilities being set up first as they are needed for the initial stages of the construction.   

Communications for the project will include regular neighbour meetings, which are intended to keep all Departments up to date on final agreed logistic plans and progress of works during the construction programme.   

May 2018 Update

As work on Biochemistry Phase 2 nears its start date this summer, we talk to Project Sponsor and Head of the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, Professor Matthew Freeman, about what to expect from this new interdisciplinary institute in both the short and longer term. Read more


There is a team to assist in questions or issues you may have during the construction process.

The University Capital Projects Team are:  

Each of the Divisions have their own Programme Manager, please contact as below:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences: 
    Jennifer Makkreel                              
    T: 01865 278768  M: 07748111799
  • MPLS:                                                                  
    Paul Prince                                                           
    T: 01865 278761  M: 07979516591
  • MSD:  
    Eveline James                                               
    T: 01865 288559  M: 07748020514

For all questions relating to works and logistics for Biochemistry phase 2 our external contacts are:

  • Lead Project Manager:                                 
    Colin McAuley                               
    M: 07867907584
  • Project Leader, Laing O’Rourke:               
    Rob Cooper                                                            
    M: 07765612916
  • Logistics Manager, Laing O’Rourke:        
    Phil Larkin                                                                 
    M: 07766510285   

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