Those who visit Beit towers or the bars on a regular basis will have noticed that the central core is now re-open, with only a few visible signs of building work left. New doors which actually fit have been installed to comply with the disability discrimination act, after a false start where they were the wrong size.
Work is still not complete as finishing touches are being put onto some areas, but the core is mostly clean and open. The lift is expected to be delivered during March, but those who have been following the saga of failed predictions during this project will be well aware of their accuracy. Perhaps a lift will arrive by the summer!
The next phase will see a mezzanine level installed in the gym to hold a new student activities centre.
The reopened core came just in time, as the male toilets on the east side of the ground floor were shut on Thursday following damage caused by vandalism. Those toilets have been a problem since last term, with damage including hand dryers being pulled off the walls.
At some point during Superbowl night on Sunday the cubicles were damaged, with further abuse in subsequent nights causing them to collapse completely.
It is not known who the culprits are, or whether they are Imperial students or people from elsewhere.