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Chemistry Arch scaffold protection works

Starting Monday 18 May works will begin to install protective scaffolding to Chemistry Arch as part of the Spandrel Panel Remediation Works. We anticipate that scaffold installation will be complete by 18 July with an approximate 9 week duration for the overall works. 

This follows works in autumn 2019 to protect a number of entrances across the Lasdun Teaching Wall and more recent works to protect the east gable fire escape of Arts 2. These works will provide greater access to the Arts, Chemistry, Sciences and Biology buildings in the event of high winds. 

Enabling works will commence Monday 11 May prior to scaffolding beginning the following Monday. The scaffold will remain in place until it is possible to complete essential maintenance works to the spandrel panels. 

We currently anticipate that drilling and fixing phases of works will begin Monday 1 June for a duration of approximately 3-4 weeks. 

As part of these works, sections of Sciences which are already protected via scaffolding will be subject to drilling in order to instal new fixings to spandrel panels in that area. Drilling in these area will begin from the upper floors w/c 25 May with works descending down from floor 4 to 02.

The Chemistry Arch will be closed for vehicles access during this time for the safety of campus users, as once the scaffolding is in place it will inhibit larger vehicles from maneuvering safely through. Scaffolding is expected to be removed and the arch re-opened to traffic around 6 July.

A traffic management system will be in place at the turning circle at the bottom of Chancellors Drive to manage traffic on the single carriageway section of Norfolk Road by the SCVA. 

As part of this, roadside parking bays on Norfolk Road will be temporarily taken out of use to enable two-way traffic at various points. Signage will be in place at regular intervals to indicate two-way traffic.  

Please note: Contractors MJS are working on behalf of the UEA to undertake essential remediation works to the concrete spandrel panels on the Lasdun Wall. 

MJS are operating in accordance with site operating procedures which were published by the Construction Leadership Council in March 2020. The site operating procedures align with the latest guidance from Public Health England in respect to social distancing. 

MJS will continue on site operating within the guidelines whilst they have availability of workers and as long as the Government guidelines remain the same. In the event of the guidelines changing the situation will be reviewed with immediate effect.