7 April 2017

Work starts on new goods lift at the Radcliffe Science Library

Construction work is due to start in the week commencing April 10 on a new goods lift at the Radcliffe Science Library (RSL), which is expected to take six months to complete.

The library's vacant sub-basement provides an opportunity to consolidate a large part of the University’s museum artefact storage in a single central location, close to all four University museums. The storage of artefacts, being more varied in size than books, highlighted an issue with the current access to the sub-basement, and the need for a new goods lift.

Given the listed status of the adjacent buildings, the lift has been designed to incorporate as much light as possible and minimise obstruction of the view of the courtyard main façade, with the external housing making extensive use of glass.

 Artist's impression of how the new Radcliffe Science Library goods lift.

Oxford City Council granted planning permission for the lift in March following a public consultation in July 2016. The main contractor for the project is SDC.

Regular updates about upcoming works will be available on the RSL website.