From 1st November twelve of the current fifteen reception desks around South Kensington will close. A further two reception desks, including the entrance to 170 Queen's Gate, will become concierge positions.
Turnstiles similar to those recently installed at the new entrance to Chemistry & Biochemistry are expected to appear instead, coupled with additional CCTV cameras. Tighter security measures will also see improved signage to direct visitors from the main entrance on Exhibition Road to the appropriate building.
Residents of the C&G office have expressed concern at the loss of reception desks, particularly the one in Mechanical Engineering where the shared office key is kept. It is thought that the extra walk required to retrieve a key from the main desk in Tanaka could prove to be too much for some.
The proposed turnstiles also appear to be unsuitable for wheelchair users, with separate glass gates provided. These are currently operated by the soon-to-be-removed reception staff.
Additional postal staff are to be brought in to cope with the additional burden of distributing post around the campus, with fewer desks able to take packages.