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Royal Holloway College - Ongoing building information


Current and upcoming road works on the A30 (6.4.17)

On Monday 3 April work started on the A30 to connect the new student residences to the foul drainage main. Traffic management is in place and will remain there until completion, which at the latest will be Friday 13 April. We are making efforts to complete the work earlier if possible. This work has the necessary licence from Surrey County Council. 

Over the next few months there will be further works on the A30 to install a new crossing so that we can help pedestrians to safely cross.  We will share an update as soon as we have confirmation of when this work will start and how long it will take.

We apologise for any inconvenience this work may cause and will keep you informed as dates are confirmed.

Popular Monkey's Forehead to undergo 'Packhorse' transformation (13.1.17)

This spring Englefield Green’s popular pub, The Monkey’s Forehead on the A30 will be given a makeover, making it a welcoming social spot for the local community.

After being put up for sale six months ago Royal Holloway, University of London has purchased the lease to ensure that the pub, popular with local residents, its students and staff, remains a resource for all in Egham. Royal Holloway’s Students’ Union will run the venue which will re-open in spring under its original name, The Packhorse, which dates back to 1855. 

The Packhorse will be operate 7 days a week, 52 weeks of the year. It will be run as a not-for-profit social enterprise, welcoming all to enjoy high quality food and drinks at student prices.

A grand opening will be announced in the coming weeks to welcome the ‘Monkey’s’ makeover.

Find out more about developments on campus

New building for Electronic Engineering to be built by Osborne (13.1.17)

Royal Holloway, University of London, has awarded the contract to build its new Science building to Osborne, one of the leading construction businesses in the UK. As planning permission for the building was granted by Runnymede Borough Council in 2016, Osborne will start on site on the 9 January 2017, with the aim to complete the build during the 2017/18 academic year.

Find out more about developments on campus


New Student Residences update

Work on the Student Residences north of the A30 is progressing well, the current phase of the work means a forklift is in regular use. 

Whilst the forklift is being used to unload materials there may be some brief intermittent periods where traffic needs to be held on the Harvest Road/South Road junction. During these times traffic will be carefully managed and the operations will be carried out as quickly as possible.  The forklift has a reversing sound alarm that is used as a safety measure as it moves backwards, this sound might be heard outside of the site boundary. 

CCTV cameras are being installed on the site near entranceways for security reasons. 

Essential tree maintenance on the north side of the A30

On the 30 November Royal Holloway will be carrying out essential surgery to a few trees on the north side of the Campus. Some of the branches that need to be removed hang over a small section of the pathway and layby on the A30 near to the Katherine Worth building (as shown in the image).

Whilst we carry out the work several parking spaces and part of the pathway will be blocked off. Thank you for your patience whilst this essential maintenance is carried out. 


Gardener’s Gate opens for construction traffic

Thank you for your patience whilst we carried out the work to re-open Gardener’s Lodge gate.  This work has now been completed. A barrier will be fitted shortly, in the meantime a temporary gate is being installed this week.  Once the temporary gate is in place the entranceway will become the designated access point for construction vehicles. This will minimise the need for the larger vehicles to stop on Egham hill before proceeding onto site, as they will be separated from the flow of other campus traffic.


Temporarily re-opening the Gardener’s Lodge gate

As you know we will be re-opening the Gardener’s Lodge Gate. Re-opening this gate, situated opposite Harvest Road on Egham Hill just beyond the main entrance to campus, will enable us to create a designated access point for construction vehicles.  This will also minimise the need for the larger vehicles to stop on Egham Hill before proceeding onto site, as they will be separated from the flow of other campus traffic.

We’ve now finished the work inside the campus grounds and on Monday 19 September our contractors will start to widen the actual gateway.

The following week, starting on 26 September, they will move onto widening the entrance onto the A30; this work will take a maximum of four weeks to complete.  Whilst the entrance is being widened, thesection of the pavement outside of the gate will be closed.  Pedestrians using this route can either stay on the main pavement and cross over the road at the closed section or they are very welcome to walk through the campus using the main entrance and the Piggery Gate entrance.

As well as posting signage near the closure, to help inform local residents we have published a news item on our web pages which you can access here.

Estate news

We have just published our termly update on how our estates work is progressing and what can be expected over the next term.

·         You can find out what happened over the summer term here.

·         You can find out what will be happening over the autumn term here.

Spring Rise Gate temporary closures for tree surgery

This gives advance warning that from Tuesday 23 until Friday 26 August, Spring Rise Gate and the path to it through the College up to the top steps near Runnymede will be closed every day between 9am and 5pm.  The gate will then be open as normal until 11pm.

Whilst Spring Rise gate and the campus paths are closed, access to the College will be through Piggery Gate or the main College gate.

If there are any questions please  get in touch by emailing at: estateplan@royalholloway.ac.uk

Student Residences
The first is an update on the building of our student residences on the sites adjacent to Harvest Road.  We posted an update article on our website, as the programme of work enters a new phase next week with the arrival of cranes on the site:
Library & Student Services Centre
After graduation (which takes place in the week beginning July 11th), work will commence on the first phase of landscaping the area between the new library building and Founder’s building and you can find out more about this work here:

Rusham Park and Proctor and Gamble

Royal Holloway  has completed the purchase of Rusham Park from Procter & Gamble (P&G) in Egham. P&G will occupy Rusham Park for the next three to five years under an arrangement where they will rent the Park’s current facilities from Royal Holloway, as Rusham Park’s new owners.  After that period, Royal Holloway’s plan is to secure similarly long term tenants.

Appointment of Dr David Ashton

The College also announced the appointment of Dr David Ashton to the role of Chief Operating Officer and Secretary to Council. He will join Royal Holloway in September, replacing Simon Higman who is retiring.

You can find out more about these items by checking news for 28th June and 1st July on  Royal Holloway’s website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/aboutus/newsandevents/news/home.aspx

Royal Holloway College Village notice boards 

We applied for planning permission before Christmas and have been told we will have a determination by the end of next week (week beginning Feb 8th). When we know the outcome (and if our application is successful) we will be in touch with a timescale for having the noticeboards installed.  Parking information is one of the things the noticeboards will carry.

Latest update on building projects

Information on building projects can be found on:


The cranes

These have been brought onto the main campus to assist with the building of the new Library and Student Services Centre. More information can be found here:


Parking for residents attending campus events

Parking information can be found on our website parking pages:



All of the event listings on our website (www.royalholloway.ac.uk/events) carry event visitor parking information, in addition to information in our printed What’s On guide.

Harvest Road works

For an update on Harvest Road works click here.