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Planned power interruptions - Essential work on the University’s electrical infrastructure

(7 September 2017)

Estates and Buildings are carrying out a programme of work on the University’s high and low voltage electrical infrastructure during the summer period which will involve planned power interruptions to a number of buildings. Please read on for more information about this work and the buildings affected.

More about Planned Power Interruptions 

The University’s electrical infrastructure is an essential service which supports building operations and business continuity. Incumbent on the ownership and operation of the electrical infrastructure is the responsibility and regulatory requirement to maintain the system to avoid dangerous situations from occurring. The business case outlining the need for a programme of inspection and testing work on the University’s electrical infrastructure has been approved by UEC and we are currently in the planning and implementation phase. These proposed works are intended to inform and manage the current operational and safety risks, mitigate the potential of unplanned power outages on the University power network, advise on any future recommended work requirements to maintain a safe and reliable power supply and improve the overall resilience of the University’s electrical infrastructure. 

Buildings without power during the work period should be unoccupied. The planning process has involved stakeholder engagement in areas directly impacted by this work which is being carried out over a weekend where necessary to minimise disruption and inconvenience to building users. Information on where the work is taking place and the associated planned power interruptions is detailed below.

If you require any further information please contact David McCaffery in Estates and Buildings Department. 



Estimated period of Power Interruption

Buildings Affected


Saturday 9 September 2017

08.00 – 16.00hrs

Van Mildert College (All buildings)

Staff Houses

Conference Centre

St Aidan’s College (All buildings)

Lindisfarne Centre

Durham Business School

Sunday 10 September 2017

08.00 – 16.00hrs

St Mary’s College (All buildings except West Court and Teikyo Accommodation)

St Mary’s CIS Secondary Data Centre

Trevelyan College (All buildings including K Block and house blocks)

IMEIS Building

Oriental Museum

Elvet Hill House

Elvet Hill Cottage and Stables

Saturday and Sunday 16 & 17 September 2017

08.00 – 17.00hrs (both days)

Christopherson Building

Higginson Building

East and West Lodges

Psychology Building



Arthur Holmes Building

Calman Learning Centre

Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October 2017

08.00hrs Saturday – 14.00hrs Sunday

Chemistry 1, 2, 3 and 4

Materials Chemistry

Chemistry Courtyard Building

Computer Maths Building

Dawson Building

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