Work began on the early stages of the project in spring 2016. Existing trees in the gardens were protected and scaffolding was erected for the work to strengthen and repair the Sprott Wall.
Phase One involved the conversion of the northern Otranto Passage and rooms in the northeastern corner of Canterbury Quad, to create the main entrance to the new building and the new staircase leading up to the north end of the Laudian Library.
This work was completed in summer 2016. The quality of the finish is exceptional, and the works show the highly sensitive way in which the architects have been able to bring together, in a harmonious way, the old and the new parts of the building.
Phase two includes the main construction of the Library & Study Centre building. This is due to be completed in September 2019. Follow the progress in these photos and in the timelapse video below.
Phase Three encompasses important conservation improvements to the Laudian Library and the Old Library, and the return of the Paddy Room area to its original configuration of five Tutors’ rooms. For more on this work see Conserving the existing library buildings.