UCL News


Closure of Bloomsbury campus buildings

26 January 2020

Update: All UCL buildings affected by a gas leak in Bloomsbury this weekend have now reopened.

The UCL Portico in the Front Quad

Posted: 4pm 26 January 2020

All affected UCL buildings around Gower Place have been reopened.  Gas levels have fallen back to within normal safe parameters and all the affected buildings .

Staff from Cadent, the gas distribution network, will remain on site and continue to monitor gas levels.

Please check this webpage in the morning (Monday 27 January) in case the situation changes.

Posted: 11am 26 January 2020

Cadent, the gas distribution network, has identified the source of the leak and repairs are now complete. It appears that the gas is now starting to dissipate.

UCL has been working closely with Cadent overnight to make sure buildings are safe. All buildings remain closed and we are awaiting advice from Cadent before a decision is made to reopen them.

It is possible that the disruption may continue into next week and some teaching on Monday may need to be moved or postponed. Please check this page later today (Sunday 26 January) for more information when this is confirmed.

Posted: 25 January 2020

Cadent, the gas distribution network, has closed Gower Place to identify the source of the leak. On their advice, we have closed and evacuated a number of UCL buildings as a safety precaution including: the Kathleen Lonsdale Building, the Physics Building, the Slade, 25 Gordon Street, the Lewis Building, 3 Gower Place and the Pearson Building.

The disruption is expected to continue over the weekend, and potentially into next week, until the source of the leak is located and repairs are carried out.

Staff and students will not be able to use their ID cards to access these areas and security will be on site to ensure buildings are safe.

UCL is working closely with Cadent and doing everything we can to minimise any disruption while repair works are underway. We will share more details on the UCL website as the situation changes. Please check this page for the latest information.