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No 6578

Wednesday 19 February 2020

Vol cl No 20

pp. 346–353


Report of the Council on the partial demolition of the Atlas Building, West Cambridge, and the erection of modular storage and staff welfare facilities for the University Safety Office

The Council begs leave to report to the University as follows:

1. In this Report the Council is seeking approval in principle for new modular-built storage, office and welfare facilities for the University Safety Office, to be enabled by the partial demolition of an existing facility on the University’s West Cambridge site.

2. Radioactive material from across the University is presently stored in a single location in part of the Atlas Building on the West Cambridge site. The condition of the wing of the building used for both storage and staff office and welfare facilities is in a poor state of repair. The need to provide improved facilities has been considered for some time and the preferred option for this project has been selected on the basis of a feasibility study and location options appraisal.

3. The scheme requires a single-storey section of the Atlas Building to be demolished, which has a gross internal area of 254 sq.m. (2,733 sq.ft.). This demolition provides the space to erect a single-storey modular structure. The proposed site ensures continuity of the current location and related support services for the medium term; the modular design would enable relocation of the facilities in the longer term.

4. The new building work shown in the plan below would be constructed in a single phase and would provide a total additional gross internal area of 125 sq.m. (1,345 sq.ft.). The estimated cost of the total project is £650k with funding from the University’s Minor Works Fund. No significant incremental running costs are anticipated for the new facilities due to the low level of mechanical and electrical requirements.

5. It is hoped to submit a planning application in February 2020 in order to let a contract so that work can begin in May 2020.

6. Drawings of the proposed scheme are displayed for the information of the University in the Old Schools Arcade and are reproduced online at

7. The current scheme is part of a programme of work to enable closure of the Atlas Building. This programme includes the recently completed geological collections building for the Department and Museum of Earth Sciences (approved by Grace 5 of 19 July 2017), and the project to refurbish the Bunker on Brooklands Avenue as a collections storage facility (approved by Grace 2 of 13 February 2019).

8.The Council recommends:

 I.That approval be given for the partial demolition of the Atlas Building and the erection of the new modular storage and staff welfare facilities for the University Safety Office as described in this Report.

II.That the Director of Estates be authorised to apply for detailed planning approval in due course.

19 February 2020

Stephen Toope, Vice‑Chancellor

Nicholas Gay

Edward Parker Humphreys

Madeleine Atkins

Jennifer Hirst

Richard Penty

Gaenor Bagley

Nicholas Holmes

Andrew Sanchez

Stephen J. Cowley

Fiona Karet

Mark Wormald

Anthony Freeling

Jeremy Morris

Jocelyn Wyburd

Location plan: Atlas building

Report of the General Board on the establishment of a Professorship

The General Board begs leave to report to the University as follows:

1. Following a referral from the Senior Academic Promotions 2019 Appeals Committee, the Vice-Chancellor’s Committee decided to put forward Dr Abigail Brundin for promotion to a Professorship. The General Board agreed, at its meeting on 12 February 2020, to recommend the establishment of a Professorship for Dr Brundin, to be backdated to 1 October 2019. After consulting with Dr Brundin, the Board has agreed that the title of the Professorship should be the Professorship of Italian. The Readership currently held by Dr Brundin would be held in abeyance during the tenure of the Professorship.

2.The General Board recommends:

I.That, with effect from 1 October 2019, a Professorship of Italian be established for Dr Abigail Sarah Brundin, CTH, for one tenure, placed in the Schedule to Special Ordinance C (vii) 1, and assigned to the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics.

18 February 2020

Stephen Toope, Vice‑Chancellor

John Dennis

Anna Philpott

Philip Allmendinger

Nicholas Holmes

Graham Virgo

Kristine Black-Hawkins

Patrick Maxwell

Mark Wormald

Ann Copestake

Nigel Peake

Chris Young