The plans available for Beit when the Union redevelopment project was started were sketchy, with invasive works required to get a clearer picture of the state of the building. Despite this, new surprises have been appearing, pushing the finish date of the central core back by two weeks.
Two weeks ago the Union offices lost power for an afternoon, followed by the potential discovery of asbestos. Should the presence of asbestos be verified, special decontamination units will have to be brought in to remove it before work can continue.
The refurbishment of da Vinci's is proceeding quickly and on schedule, with completion expected before freshers' week. The central core area was not planned to be finished until November so the delays should have no additional impact on freshers' fair.