Facilities Update

Wednesday 29th May 2024

With such a varied heritage campus, our Estates team are constantly busy with complex programmes of work. Our most ambitious current programme is the renovation of the Science buildings which continues to progress well. Work on the South Block was completed at Easter which has allowed Chemistry to move out of the iconic Newton Building where the focus of work now turns. The work on the South Block delivered five refurbished teaching laboratories, a new Physics prep room and an open atrium, which at the end of the project will become the greenhouse area for the Biology Department. We have also installed 100 solar panels on the roof, thanks to a generous donation from a Marlburian family.

The Newton Building is grade two listed and by far the most complex part of the overall project. The work will involve the demolition of the building’s central core, which will allow the floor levels to be aligned for 100% DDA access. The original 1930 crittall windows will be removed and replaced with identical replicas made by the original window company which is still in business. Additionally, all the laboratories and the Chemistry prep room will be fully refurbished. The new ground floor main entrances will lead to the garden room in the Link Building, to a new spiral staircase up to the new Lecture Theatre and will provide access to the Knowles room which will be the library and study space. The Lecture Theatre will provide seating for approximately 100 people and will have a large projector screen that can be raised or lowered as required and retractable seating. When not used for lectures the space becomes very flexible as an event or demonstration space.

The work on Barton Hill boarding house is at the half-way mark. The modern extension to the house has been refurbished which has delivered the common room and kitchen area, the new entrance lobby and bathroom facilities.  This stage has also delivered a new laundry area, boot room and a completely new modern plant room to service the house. 24 bedrooms have also been refurbished. The next stage will start in July and run through to completion in December 2024. Following this, the final stage will be to install a Multi-Use Games Area in the garden.

We are delighted to announce that the new Cricket Hub has just opened. The area for the facility is approximately 1,400 square metres; the ground works alone required the removal of over 300 tonnes of earth and the area was levelled with 1,000 tonnes of aggregate, which is about the same weight as the Space Shuttle! The Hub comprises of nine lanes, including two bowling lanes with standard run up and seven lanes with an additional 10 metre run up, three of which are covered with a demountable structure providing all year-round weather protection and indoor lighting to ECB regulations. The playing surface is the new NottsGrass Ultra, which is the surface chosen by Lords for their non-turf cricket pitch and their outdoor nets.

On behalf of the Mound Trust, we continue to support their plan of heritage works on the Mound funded by the generous legacy of Eric Elstob (C2 1956-60). In the last year, we have cleaned and restored the decorative shell walls in the Grotto and replaced the deteriorated eighteenth-century inscriptions on the floor. The full story of these works can be found on the Mound Trust’s website

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