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How is the building work progressing?

Contractors have been on site since June 2013. The library, clusters and seminar rooms in the project area are now closed and UCL Library Services, Estates and ISD have worked closely with the Medical School to provide suitable alternative facilities for staff and students for the duration of the building works. The Cruciform Library - collections and staff support - has been relocated to the Second Floor of the UCL Science Library (DMS Watson Building). The Cruciform basement locker provision has been consolidated to locker room BC05A.

News update 3 February 2014

UCL Estates have appointed a new contractor, Mulalley, to progress the Cruciform Hub project and works will be resuming on site.

We are working with Mulalley targeting construction completion in Summer 2014. It is anticipated the library and seminar rooms will be fully operational for Term 1 of the 2014/2015 academic year. UCL Estates are working to keep disruption to a minimum and will continue to work with the design teams and contractor to ensure that the project runs smoothly. The Cruciform Library continues to be based in the UCL Science Library, and will return to the Cruciform Hub as soon as the building works are complete. Alternative study spaces such as the Medical Student Hub will also remain available.

Along the way the project has revealed many architectural features dating from the early 20th Century including arches, cast iron columns, riveted steel girders and glazed bricks which were not exposed in the 1990s refurbishment. This time, many of these will be highlighted as part of the character of the Hub. Some more recent legacies of the use of the building as a hospital, such as a substantial concrete wall, have been removed, allowing the creation of a more open study environment. The result will be a striking combination of modern learning and teaching facilities set in the Grade 2 listed building.

See our Flickr gallery of images showing how the work has progressed.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I find the Cruciform Library during the building work?

The Cruciform Library is temporarily located on the Second Floor of the Science Library until early 2014.

The Science Library is in the DMS Watson Building on Malet Place, just off Torrington Place (opposite Waterstones Bookshop). A map showing directions from the Cruciform Building to the Science Library as well as a short accompanying video are available.

How do I return books borrowed from the Cruciform Library?

From 1 July Cruciform loans should be returned using the self-service kiosk located with the Cruciform collections on the Second Floor of the Science Library. Cruciform Library staff will be able to assist with any queries at the adjacent service desk during advertised opening hours. Books may also be returned to the Cruciform book bin on the Second Floor whenever the Cruciform service desk is closed.

How do I contact Cruciform Library staff from 01 July?

Email addresses and phone numbers will remain the same as before while the Library is relocated in the Science Library.

Where do I collect and return my inter-library loans?

Users who normally collect their inter-library loans from the Cruciform should collect them from, and return loans to, the Assistance Desk on the Ground Floor of the Science Library.

Where do I collect and return items requested from Store?

Items requested from Store should be collected from, and returned to, the Assistance Desk on the Ground Floor of the Science Library.

What arrangements are being made for NHS staff?

Membership, inductions and other support services for NHS staff will continue to be offered by the Cruciform library team in the Science Library from 1 July and enquiries by phone or email are welcome at any time.

Will the building works be very noisy?

We are working closely with the contractors to minimise any disruption to users of the Cruciform Building and this will be regularly monitored and reviewed with key stakeholders. Please contact the Cruciform Help Desk to report any concerns about the building work in the first instance: 0207 679 8666.

Where can I find a computer cluster room?

The Cruciform cluster rooms are now closed.

The Medical Student Hub (Lower Ground Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building) has 16 cluster machines.

To see locations and opening times for other UCL clusters, please see the information provided by ISD.

Last modified 04 February 2014

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