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Update on Ryebank

An initial round of consultation was held in early 2023 and we want to thank everyone that participated. More than a thousand pieces of feedback were received and since then, the project team has been reviewing the comments and exploring how we can take these into consideration as we progress. 

One of the key takeaways from the responses was a need to address concerns about the age and extent of the surveys that were being used to inform our plans. 

We have listened and are now in the process of undertaking new and more extensive surveys to ensure we have an accurate understanding of the ground to aid our decision making and progress the revised masterplan.

Further information about the survey works can be found below. We will be providing regular updates on this page and through our e-bulletins so we recommend that you register for the emails via the form below.

You can also contact the project team by phone or email. 

Document Library

All documents and e-bulletins issued will be available here:

The Surveys

Works will commence on site after the May Bank Holiday weekend and are expected to last around 4-6 weeks. The types of survey to be conducted include:

  • Window Sampling: this assesses the soil properties in various layers and it is undertaken by driving small diameter steel tubes into the soil. 
  • Cable Percussive: this allows material, groundwater and ground gas sampling by drilling small boreholes into the ground. 
  • Dynamic Core Penetrometer (DCPs): this assesses the strength and characteristics of the soil and is undertaken by dropping a weight onto a steel rod and measuring the resistance at various depths – usually up to 6m deep. 
  • Trial Pits: this is a small pit dug by an excavator which allows detailed information on the subsurface conditions to be established, looking at soil and rock types, depth to groundwater and presence of contaminants. 

The activity will vary day to day whilst different surveys and monitoring is completed. There will be some drilling and hammering noises, as well as the sound of an engine and it may cause some low-level vibrations. However as most of the survey work will take place away from the closest buildings, there will be minimal impact on surrounding properties.

Areas of the site will be fenced off where survey work is being undertaken. Please note that as landowners of Ryebank, the University’s position is that the site should not be accessed by the general public at any time, and this remains in place during the completion of these works. 

In the initial weeks there may be some disruption on the roads around the southern access point (Ryebank Road and Longford Road). This will only ever be temporary as materials and machinery are delivered to and/or removed from site, however we apologise in advance for any inconveniece this may cause. 

Further information about the works can be found in the FAQs in the document library and you can still visit the page with the old consultation materials here

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If you would like to get in touch with the project team to ask any questions, you can: