After three years the IHR will be returning to its ‘home’ in the north block following completion of its £8m refurbishment. Everything is on track with the contractors ISG, ably managed by BDP, for the finishing of the works by mid- July 2014 which will allow the library, staff and other resources to move back during August and early September.
Most of the noisy works have now been completed including the shaft for a new lift for Senate House Library and structural works to the floors. Specialist lime plastering continues and will be finished by the end of January.
Designs for the library shelving and furniture and toilets are virtually complete and agreed.
BDP are working with ISG to set up a sample room on the third floor which will include completed ceilings, walls, decorations, floors, electric heater and lighting. We will include a picture of this in our next bulletin.
Fitting out of the space will commence around March/April. Site visits will be made regularly from that point on by IHR senior management.
Readers who are also members of SHL will be pleased to know that access between the 2 libraries will be available via the 4th floor, creating a united history collection for the first time.
Further postings will contain details of the approximate dates for library moves during the summer.