IALS Transformation Project 2018-2020

Project News

The Institute is part-way through a multi-million pound transformation of the IALS building, the first stages of which are due to end in spring 2020. Later stages of the project will depend on the success of our fundraising campaign.

The building, its seminar rooms, lecture theatre and the main reading rooms of the Library will remain open throughout the programme of works. There may be some noise and disruption, and temporary arrangements for entry to the Library and for the Enquiries Desk.

April 2020

06/04/2020

The New 5th Floor

The Project Team at IALS is very pleased to announce that the new 5th floor, the last of the floors to be completed, was handed over to the University on Friday 6th March 2020 and new furniture was installed during week commencing the 9th of March 2020.

The Institute Director and the Academic and Administrative teams have been based at Dilke House in Malet Street since May 2018.   Unfortunately, due to the rapidly escalating Covid 19 situation it has not proved possible for them to take up residence on the 5th floor as planned.

Staff computers and crates were transferred from Dilke House on Thursday 19th March but there was no opportunity for staff to come in and unpack prior to the closure of University buildings on Friday 20th. Suffice to say that as soon as the green light is given for staff to return to IALS, the 5th floor will be up and running without delay.

In addition to the Institute Director and administrative team, the floor will house the Information Law & Policy Centre and the Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies. There will also be a new expanded space for PhD students, a flexible space for use by Fellows and for Institute events, together with offices for the new University of London Refugee Law Clinic. 

The Project Team is continuing to explore options and costs for limited, further works on the lower floors of the Institute. 

Feedback, comments, questions and concerns are very welcome and can be sent to the Project Team by emailing ials2020@london.ac.uk

Thank You 
The Project Team

January 2020

24th January

New Front Doors 

The Project Team at IALS is very pleased to announce that the new front doors to the building are now in use. The original revolving door has been replaced with two sets of curved sliding doors. This retains the circular profile while enabling wheelchair access in conjunction with the external lift which will be installed in March.

Works on the 5th floor are progressing according to schedule. The floor is due to be handed over to the University on Friday 6th March. The Institute Director, together with the Administration and Academic Teams will move into the 5th floor from Dilke House in mid-March.

The Project Team is continuing to explore options and costs for limited, further works on the lower floors of the Institute.

Feedback, comments, questions and concerns are very welcome and can be sent to the Project Team by emailing ials2020@london.ac.uk

Thank You 
The Project Team

November 2019

27th November

All new Library floors now Open!

The Project Team at IALS is very pleased to announce that the new 2nd floor is now open. This brings the three floors of the IALS Library together with the entrance/exit on the 2nd floor and the internal stairs open between 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors.

The 2nd and 1st floors were handed back to the University on Monday 4th November. New furniture was then installed on both floors and the IALS Library teams moved into the 2nd floor on Wednesday the 13th. 

The Library entrance/exit gates and new RFID book security machines were installed by the 17th , together with the new tailor-made Enquiries and Admissions desks. The 2nd floor opened to Library users on Monday the 18th.

The British Institute for International and Comparative Law (BIICL) moved back from Senate House and into the new 1st floor on Tuesday the 19th.

The 2nd floor has been completely re-designed with new lighting, services, carpet, toilets etc. Both the staff and student sides of the floor have all new desks/chairs. There are 7 private study carrels and 12 desks with computers. The floor also incorporates Group Study Meeting Rooms which are bookable by users with their library cards, one to one assistance rooms, a new Training Room with 20 computer positions and a range of soft seating and ‘huddle spaces’. A new self-service laptop loan facility is planned for the New Year.

The 5th floor has now been handed over to the building contractor with completion set for early March 2020. The next milestone will be the installation of new front doors to the building. This will be happening over the Xmas/New Year period.

In the meantime the Project Team is looking at the options for limited, further works on the lower floors of the Institute.

Feedback, comments, questions and concerns are very welcome and can be sent to the Project Team by emailing ials2020@london.ac.uk

October 2019

1st October

As the new academic year gets under way the latest phase of refurbishment and change within IALS is progressing as planned. The new 4th and 3rd floors are already in use and the 1st and 2nd floors are scheduled for completion in early November. 
 
From the 5th to the 17th November new furniture will be installed and staff will be relocated, including the teams currently on the 5th floor. The building will be closed on Sunday 17th November to facilitate the completion of this process and the relocation of the Library entrance and exit from the 4th to the 2nd floor.

The new 2nd floor will formally open on Monday 18th November 2019 and will accommodate the library staff together with the permanent Library Entrance gate/Exit gate, Computer and Training Room, two bookable Group study rooms, one-to-one reference advice room and special needs room. In addition more lockable library research carrels and library desks with PCs will be available.

The British Institute for International and Comparative Law (BIICL) will also move back in to the new 1st floor around the same time.

By the end of November, works will have commenced on the 5th floor. These will continue until March 2020 and will be followed by a number of smaller scale upgrades to the lower floors of the building. The 5th floor is the last floor to be completely ‘transformed’.

We will also be completing certain parts of the 4th floor which could not be undertaken until the Admissions and Enquiries Desks relocated to the 2nd floor. During this final phase of the major works programme we will continue to limit the noisiest activities to before 10am. Many library users use headphones and ear plugs are available at the Admissions desk if needed. 

The Project Team will keep Library users informed of specific activities as appropriate. We will continue to utilise the white board in the ground floor reception as the most immediate and effective means of communication.

Feedback, comments, questions and concerns are very welcome and can be sent to the Project Team by emailing ials2020@london.ac.uk.

July 2019

10th July

The Project Team at IALS is very pleased to announce that the 3rd floor, the second of the floors to be completed, is now open. The floor was partially re-opened to library users in the last week of June as the last shelving and books were being moved up from the 2nd floor. It was fully open by Wednesday 3rd July.

In addition to a complete fit-out of new lighting, services, carpet, toilets etc, the floor has all new desks/chairs, 19 private study carrels and a 6 position central computer hub in the same position as the 4th floor.

As part of the relocation, all the books to be moved were thoroughly cleaned. The original library shelving has been cleaned and re-used. Plans are in place to add new wooden end panels to the shelving to refresh it in line with the transformation of the library floors.

The Library entrance, which was moved up to the 4th floor from the 2nd floor in February, will stay on the 4th floor until November 2019 when it will make its final move back to the new 2nd floor.

Also at the end of June, The British Institute for International and Comparative Law (BIICL) temporarily vacated the 1st floor. BIICL will be based at Senate House while the 1st floor is being refurbished. On Monday 8th July Overbury commenced building work on both the 2nd and 1st floors, exactly according to the project programme. 

During the relocation of books and shelving, Library users were kept informed on a daily basis of which areas of the floor were open or closed. The Project Team is very grateful for everyone’s patience and accommodation.

Feedback, comments, questions and concerns are very welcome and can be sent to the Project Team by emailing ials2020@london.ac.uk.

June 2019

4th June

The refurbishment of the 3rd floor is proceeding according to schedule. Looking forward to the completion of the second phase of transformation, plans are in place for the opening of the new 3rd floor.

From Monday 17th of June we will start a 3-week transition period during which the library shelving and books from the 2nd floor will relocate to the 3rd and the new library desks will be installed. This will be essentially a repeat of the successful process utilised earlier in the year to transfer shelving and books from the 3rd to the new 4th floor. The library entrance will remain on the 4th floor until later in the programme. All the books on the 2nd floor will also be cleaned prior to being moved.

As the 3rd floor is assembled, the 2nd floor will be gradually emptied. During the first week and in order to minimise disruption, we will use the whiteboard in reception to direct library readers to sit on the 4th floor or L2 or in the part of the 2nd where works are not taking place. By the second week there will be a tipping point when enough of the 3rd floor is in place to enable some reader access. The whiteboard will continue to keep library users updated on progress and which spaces are open or closed.

The project team and the contractors on site will make use of barriers and warning tape to demarcate working areas. Due regard will be given to the safety of library users and noise will be kept to a minimum.

By Monday July 8th, having entered the 4th floor, library users will be able to take the internal library lift to the 3rd floor and L2.  The internal stairs at the north end of the 4th may also be used to go to the 3rd floor. There will be no access to the 2nd floor, as that will be handed over for refurbishment on Friday 5th July.

Watch the whiteboard in the IALS reception for more details both before and during the 3 week transition period.

Feedback, comments, queries and concerns can all be sent to the Project Team by emailing ials2020@london.ac.uk

February 2019

25th February 

The Project Team at IALS is very pleased to announce that the 4th floor, the first of the floors to be completed, is now open. The floor was able to be partially re-opened to library users on 4th February as the last shelving and books were being installed.

The Library entrance was moved up from the 2nd floor over the weekend of the 9th/10th February and the 4th floor formally opened in full on Monday February 11th. 

Also on 11th February the 3rd floor, the next floor to undergo transformation, was handed over to Overbury exactly according to the project programme. This floor is scheduled to be completed in mid-June.

During the relocation of books and shelving from the 3rd floor, Library users were kept informed on a daily basis of which areas of the floor were open or closed. The Project Team is very grateful for everyone’s patience and accommodation.

Over the last 2 weeks a number of minor snags on the 4th floor have been addressed and the stripping out of carpet, lighting, partitioning etc has been completed on the 3rd floor.

The new space is proving to be extremely popular and the Institute Director and library staff are delighted with how it has turned out. A rough count on Monday 25th February showed around 100 readers in the library with 75 on the 4th floor and 25 on the 2nd.

Feedback, comments, questions and concerns are very welcome and can be sent to the Project Team by emailing ials2020@london.ac.uk

10th February

New hoarding has been placed around the IALS highlighting our transformation project.  

Photo of hording at the front of the building

Photo of hording at the side of the building

 

In order to complete the occupation of the new 4th floor it will be necessary to transfer the library admissions and enquiries desks to the 4th floor and to close off all access to the 3rd floor ready for refurbishment. 

Attempting to complete these works with the library open would present certain logistical difficulties and cause major disruption to library users. It has therefore been agreed to close the building on Sunday 10th February 2019. 

The library will be open as usual until 8.30pm on Saturday 9th February and re-open at 9.00am on Monday 11th February 2019. 

This closure is unavoidable, but nevertheless we apologise for any inconvenience it may cause you.

January 2019

IALS Transformation Project - Update January 2019

Phase 1 of the transformation project is nearing completion with the 4th floor opening on 11th February 2019.  Further information can be found here.

November 2018

IALS Transformation Project - Update November 2018

Construction work image

The total refurbishment of the 4th floor commenced as planned on Monday 10th September. The focus over these last 9 weeks has been the stripping out of all redundant elements of the floor. Partition walls have been removed, including the walls around the internal stairs to the 3rd floor. Suspended ceilings, toilets and carpet have all gone.

The most important part of the strip-out has been that of the asbestos insulating board (AIB), mostly situated behind the radiators below windows. This has been conducted by a licensed asbestos removal contractor under fully controlled conditions.

These works are monitored by the University of London’s appointed asbestos management consultant to ensure that all works are carried out in accordance with the methods submitted to, and accepted by, the Health and Safety Executive.

It is the clear policy of IALS and the University to remove the asbestos where possible and only to leave it in situ and effectively encapsulated if absolutely necessary. Upon removal of the AIB panel located directly behind the radiators, another layer of AIB was discovered bonded to the external metal panels under the windows.

After due analysis and consideration it has been decided that it is not feasible to remove the newly-discovered layer of AIB during this project. It will be left in place but safely sealed and encapsulated. The boards will not be visible or accessible but the new asbestos-free boards in front of them will be labelled to indicate the presence of asbestos.

Feedback, comments, queries and concerns can all be sent to the Project Team by emailing ials2020@london.ac.uk

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August 2018

Update August 2018

July saw a run of moves and changes at IALS. This was all in preparation for the planned fitting-out works. The tendering process for the main building contract is now complete and the contract has been awarded to Overbury, a firm with experience in the Higher Education sector.

Library Access

In order to vacate the 4th floor for construction works to commence, it was necessary firstly to relocate the library entrance/exit from the 4th to the 2nd floor. This was carried out over a 10 day period from Monday 9th to Wednesday 18th July. New turnstiles were installed and after the library closed on the evening of Tuesday 17th July, the security book reader was relocated (and thankfully worked when recommissioned on the 2nd floor).

On the morning of the 18th July the computers, credit card reader, till etc, in addition to the short loan book collection, all had to be moved down and set up by 9am. It was one of those challenges where we really should have had a time lapse camera in action. The library opened on time with everything in place.

Staff Moves

The next step in the process was to move all the Library staff from the 4th to the 5th floor, which was vacated at the beginning of June when the Academic and Admin Staff relocated to Dilke House, 1 Malet Street. This move took place over 2 days on the 19th and 20th July. Staff were moved team by team and by lunchtime on the Friday everyone was able to log-on at their new desk positions.

Student Facilities

The final piece of the jigsaw was to relocate the Library Computer/Training Room from the 4th to the 5th floor.  The new room opened on Thursday 26th July having been closed for just over a week.

Construction Works

We now enter the pre-construction and site mobilisation phase of the project. Portacabins will be located on the empty land next to IALS, scaffolding will be erected and a hoist installed at the rear of the building. Visible activity will start up by the second half of August with work commencing on the 4th floor by the end of the month.

Feedback, comments, queries and concerns can all be sent to the Project Team by emailing ials2020@london.ac.uk

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July 2018

From Wednesday 18th July 2018 onwards the temporary entrance and exit to the Library is located on the 2nd floor. The 4th floor is closed.

The Admissions Desk, Enquiries Desk, Short Loan Collection, Self-Issue facility, Photocopying, scanning and printing facilities are now located on the 2nd floor.

Library Computer and Training Room is now on the 5th floor

The Library Computer and Training is now in Room 503 on the 5th floor. From Thursday 26th July to mid-September 2018 the following summer vacation hours operate in the IALS Library Computer and Training Room:

Monday to Friday 9.00am to 7.35pm
Saturday 10.00am to 5.05pm

Aims of the IALS Transformation Project

 


Internet Explorer users please click this link - A fly-through simulation of the IALS transformation project

The project will replace the infrastructure with new heating, cooling, ventilation, cabling and wifi. IALS Library will be completely refurbished and re-designed in the upcoming refurbishment. We will be able to offer a new 2nd floor entrance looking out on to Russell Square, 50 additional study desk places, bookable group study and training rooms, special needs room, 10 additional lockable library research carrels, new desk and chair furniture throughout the library, more control over our reading room heating and cooling, more self-issue laptops and improved IT services. A new dedicated study room outside the library on the 5th floor of the building will be created for IALS PhD students. This major project will take around two years but we will remain open throughout.

IALS at 70 panel 2018: Future

Find out more and follow the progress of the project at: http://ials.sas.ac.uk/about/ials-transformation-project