Posted on 22/07/2013
This summer the Estates Project team are carrying out essential conservation works to restore the South Quad colonnade ‘Crossland's Corridor’ at Founder's Building.
A section of the corridor underneath the external staircase will be closed off from Monday 22 July until Friday 16 August and pedestrians will be diverted with signage. However, the corridor will be cleared and tidied at the end of each week to enable full access for functions during weekends.
The remainder of the corridor ceiling works will be carried out on an ad hoc basis working from mobile platforms which will be cleared at the end of each working day and at weekends.
The works are schedule to continue until 20 September and the Estates Department apologises for any inconvenience caused. If you have any queries, please contact Neville Clarke on ext. 4274.
As a Grade 1* Listed Building there are special conditions around any restoration work carried out to Founder's to respect its unique heritage.
The area beneath the first floor balcony was originally the Butler’s pantry, the maid’s dining room and the catering stores in the College’s early years. In the 1960’s it was converted into a refectory for staff and postgraduates and later in October 1985, it re-opened as the Crossland Suite, a self- service café and bar available to staff, students and visitors.
During Graduation week the area around the steps is a hive of activity providing the backdrop for the traditional hat throwing graduation photographs.