Key Projects | New Bodleian Library

Project Scope

At the New Bodleian Library which is a Grade II Listed Building  works involved the entire structure being soft stripped of all existing M&E installations and all non-listed fixtures and fittings.
All of the exposed internal elevations of the retained structure had to be temporarily weathered as demolition progressed and a bund formed at basement level to direct any water ingress to the existing basement sump pumps and well away from the retained listed structures


Project Challenge and Solutions

Site Logistics – site access and egress was via a narrow load restricted  access road. Keltbray had to backprop the existing roadway and develop a site logistics solution that involved careful removal and reinstatement upon completion of parts of the listed structure. Listed Retained Structure –there were retained listed stone cladding finishes on the walls that were effectively the demolition cut line. These had to be retained in situ and protected throughout the works and to do so Keltbray developed a temporary protection scheme which allowed access for asbestos removal and soft strip works but maintained protection to the finishes. On the cut line face of the retained walls we had to fully weatherproof the walls  prior to demolition and removal of the book stack structures above and adjacent to the walls. Adjoining Properties – throughout the works access had to be maintained to the goods in entrance of Blackwells bookshop which received daily deliveries. Our carefully considered site logistics solution ensured their business operated unaffected.
  • Facts
  • Client : Oxford University Estates
  • Location : North, Midlands & South
  • Value : £4.1m
  • Scope : Asbestos removal, soft strip demolition, installation of temporary works and structural alterations/ demolition