The Faculty Building, Sherfield, EEE, RSM, Bessemer, Mechanical Engineering and the Tanaka Business School were all evacuated this morning after the discovery of three "suspect packages".
At 09:15 the Faculty Building was evacuated by College security, with surrounding buildings closed and a security cordon erected when the Metropolitan Police arrived.
The walkway was closed from the Great Hall area all the way to Mechanical Engineering/Tanaka, with Callendar Gate also closed. Imperial College Road was open for access only to buildings on the south side (SAF, Flowers, Chemistry etc).
Much like the last suspect package, this one turned out to be fairly harmless. During Friday afternoon and at the weekend electricians had been refitting batteries for the Faculty Building's emergency lighting system and had left the old batteries behind. At 10:10 the buildings were declared safe to enter.
The emergency services and security should become well-versed in evacuations, with this being the second major evacuation in the last fortnight.