Turnstiles and card-operated revolving doors are being installed as part of plans to improve campus security. The first phases of "Fortress Imperial" were completed last year, with reception staff moved to other roles and doors into Mines and Aero switched to swipe access only at all times. New CCTV cameras appeared in January and improved signage - including campus maps - was installed a few months ago.
The final phase, at least in the short term, has a "secure" perimeter being thrown up to restrict entry to the campus by members of the public. The lobbies of the Royal School of Mines, Roderic Hill, Blackett and Huxley buildings are all receiving refurbishment work, which will see turnstiles or revolving doors fitted. The addition of turnstiles has already been completed in Roderic Hill, with Physics and Mines in progress and work on Huxley due to start on Monday.
The following disruption is related to this work:
- Entrance to Mines currently closed for refurbishment
- Entrance to Aero was closed, but now appears open with turnstiles and wheelchair/luggage gate
- Blackett still open but with parts of the lobby closed for refurbishment and revolving door installation
- Huxley Level 2 entrance will close on Monday 13th August until mid-September. Entrance to the Computing labs will be via the Huxley north staircase only.
Longer term plans include shutting off Imperial College Road to the public and putting access controls into place at all road entrances, creating a "secure" zone in the region bounded by Queen's Gate, Exhibition Road and Prince Consort Road. Turnstiles on the inner entrances to buildings are also under consideration as part of normal refurbishment work.
Plans for Freshers Week were identified by Ceri Davies, Head of College Security last year. Extra security staff are expected to be brought in, with perimeter access restrictions temporarily eased as thousands of new students enter the campus without access cards.
All new installations use RFID technology, so anyone who has not yet upgraded their cards is strongly advised to visit the ID card office in Sherfield to do so.