Essential drainage work will be taking place between Old Sessions House and Fisher Tower, starting from 26 April for around 12 weeks. For your health and safety we will need to close off part of the grounds of Old Sessions House and Sir John Cadell Walk.

Unfortunately, this will have an impact on pedestrian access between Old Sessions House and Fisher Tower. If you normally use this route to access campus please make sure you now leave yourself some extra time to take an alternative route.

What it means

  • You will not be able to use Sir John Cadell walk to access the rest of the Campus from Old Sessions House. Diversions will be in place via alternative routes.
  • Moore will have to be accessed through Fleming as there will be no access from Old Sessions House.
  • You will not be able to use the smoking shelter and cycle storage beside Sir John Cadell Walk.
  • Access to parking around Old Sessions House including the Mauve Car Park, drop off bays and visitor car parking will not be accessible.

Throughout the works:

  • Old Sessions House will remain open and be fully accessible via a protected pedestrian walkway.
  • The Shuttle Bus will continue to stop at Old Sessions House.
  • You will still be able to use the pedestrian ramp at the side of Old Sessions House to access the grounds to the back of Old Sessions House.
  • An alternative fire assembly point for Old Sessions House will be located within the prison grounds and is identified on the map.

We apologise for the inconvenience that this disruption will cause.  Alternative options were considered but because of the nature, extent and location of these essential works, this is the least disruptive to students, staff, visitors and the public.

We expect the work to be finished by the end of July.  However, Canterbury Archaeological Trust will be excavating the site and should any significant artefacts or physical remains be found this may cause extended disruption in the completion of the works.

A map showing where the work will be taking place can be found here.

If you would like any further information or have any questions in relation to this work, please contact

We will keep you posted as these works progress, please be assured we are doing everything we can to limit the disruption.