Building our campusBy Richard Frost, School Secretary
Construction works at the School’s Sammy Ofer Centre are progressing at pace with contractors Wates now mainly focussed on finishing activities such as plastering, carpentry, joinery and decorations. Work on power and lighting is being completed throughout and the plant on the top floor is being tested ready for operation.
Restoration of the front elevation is almost complete and Wates will remove the final sections of the perimeter hoarding over the next few weeks, revealing the original and new entrances to the building. A dedicated new LBS entrance is located on Marylebone Road, accessed via steps into the glass link building at lower ground level.
Wates are still currently on track to hand the building over to the School end of July, giving us a few weeks to relocate the library, complete the installation of furniture and equipment, undertake test events and run induction sessions. The building is scheduled to be fully operational from the end of August.
Until 31 July 2017, the building remains a construction site subject to strict health and safety requirements. As a result, site visits are limited to those involved in the completion of the project. We look forward to welcoming you all to visit the building from August 2017 onwards.
Once opened, the School will have six more lecture theatres (four tiered lecture theatres with a capacity of 85 and two tiered lecture theatres with a capacity of 100 which can be opened up into one larger 200 capacity space), two flat-floor teaching spaces, a new library and 37 additional seminar rooms.
The building will be primarily used for Degree Education teaching to support programme and class expansion. Executive Education will continue to have exclusive use of the Executive Education Centre (E-Wing) as well as teaching spaces at Sussex Place.
Other Sammy Ofer Centre facilities include an alumni suite, student lounge and staff and faculty office space. The project has also overseen the refurbishment of the ceremonial rooms which have been returned to their original glory and will be used by Westminster Registrar’s Office.
We will continue to keep you updated on the project’s progress in this exciting final stage.