On 7th August 2015, we announced a refurbishment works plan for 2016; with One Great George Street scheduled to be closed to the public from 20th June to 19th September 2016. The programme remains on track with some of the enabling works, which need to be completed before the building closes down, already completed.

Several surveys and tests have been carried out to enable the design and specification for the refurbishment project to be drawn up. The planning application has been submitted to Westminster City Council and the tenders for the works have been issued to prospective contractors for pricing.

The exterior stone work will be cleaned as part of the #OGGSRefurb – see the before and after test patch below to see the difference this will make…

2 Comments on #OGGSRefurb – The Latest

    • Thank you for getting in touch John.

      Just to clarify, from 19th June until 19th September 2016, the building will undergo a series of works designed to further improve facilities for visitors, increase energy efficiency and improve accessibility. A state-of-the-art interactive Learning and Exhibition Centre will also be created in our main library and a new members’ resource centre will be created in our upper library. The main activities that are taking place are summarised below:

      • Creation of new members’ resource centre in our upper library
      • A full deep clean and inspection of the external stonework to the external elevations
      • Replacement of all boilers with new energy efficient models – estimated to be between 30 and 50 per cent more efficient
      • Maintenance and checks to the four domes inside the building
      • A conservation clean to elements of the Great Hall ceiling
      • Creation of a new interactive Learning and Exhibition Centre

      In answer to your questions:

      1) The main works including interior repairs, inspections, lift upgrades, boiler replacements and facade cleaning will be funded from ICE reserves. The ICE the library will receive funding from the Shaping the World charity appeal.

      2) The main library is due to be transformed into a world class Learning and Exhibition Centre. As the home of Civil Engineering, the ICE library will bring engineering to life, supporting training, inspiration and knowledge. The library will be designed to inspire and engage young people and will include areas such as exhibition spaces, 3D Simulators and models. The upper library will be transformed into a member’s area with private meeting spaces, seminar areas and member library services. With this and the other planned works in mind, visiting One Great George Street during the refurbishment period will be affected in the following ways:

      • The ICE members’ Resource Centre in the 2nd floor upper library will be closed to members at the end of service on Friday 13 May
      • To deliver the rest of the works, scaffolding will be erected to cover the whole building, meaning that it will be closed for events from 20 June 2016
      • The members’ Library will also be closed for the duration of the works, however a limited book sourcing service will be available from ICE Library staff
      • ICE Library staff will be happy to extend loan periods for the duration and will try to help as much as they can with electronic resources and other sources available to them during the refurbishment
      • Library staff will continue to answer reference enquiries via telephone and emails
      • Some One Great George Street facilities will remain open, including the café bar and brasserie
      • During the refurbishment period, it will not be possible to book meeting rooms or use the venue for conferences
      • Entrance to the building will be via the Storey’s Gate entrance for the duration of the works
      • One Great George Street will re-open on 19 September 2016

      I hope that answers your queries. Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

      Many thanks,

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