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The new Graduate Centre – access restrictions as work commences

Friday 3 October 2014

Graduate Centre design - Geography Square aerial view

Work has begun on the construction of our new Graduate Centre, which will be situated between Bancroft Road and the People’s Palace, on the site of the old Post Room and the IRC Building at the Mile End campus. The developers recently put up hoardings to ensure that the work can start safely, although demolition of the existing structures will not begin until Sunday 12 October, from which time access between Geography Square and Bancroft Road will be closed.

Although this is a very positive and welcome development, it is inescapable that there will be noise, particularly during the demolition and early construction phases.

Due to safety considerations the decision has been made to close access between Geography Square and Bancroft Road. There will still be pedestrian access to the Fogg Building and the Temporary Building from Geography Square and there will also be signage directing you to your location via alternative routes. The access restrictions will come into effect from Sunday 12 October.

Estates and Facilities will be working hard to minimise any inconvenience and the safety of students, staff and visitors will be paramount. 24 hour CCTV cameras will also be in operation on the site for your safety and security.

We recognise that in order to manage the disruption you will need to know what is happening, and when, and regular updates will be provided to keep you informed.


Please contact the Estates Helpdesk with any questions regarding the work: estates-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk or 020 7882 2580.

Graduate Centre design - Bancroft Road view

About the new Graduate Centre

This is an exciting and essential development for QMUL, as the new Graduate Centre will provide much needed facilities for our growing postgraduate population and a new home for the School of Economics and Finance. There will be a 200-seat lecture theatre, alongside around 7,700 square metres of academic and teaching space, a welcome and registration centre, and a ground floor café. It will be a building of the highest standards, following in the best traditions of developments on our estate such as the Student Village and ArtsTwo, and providing a fitting environment for our staff and students. The architect’s model for the building is currently housed in the reception of the Queens’ Building should you wish to get a better feel for how it will look when complete.

You can find out more about the Graduate Centre here.

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