Borehole drilling on campus

Last updated on 22 April 2024

Borehole drilling will take place on campus using 30 ft drilling rigs and necessitating the use of large lorries.

Services to be interrupted

Car park out of use and some noise. General day-to-day access to Henry Price will be uninterrupted.

Effects of this interruption upon building occupants

A large element of the University’s pathway to delivering Net Zero by 2030 – a principle of the Climate Plan – is the decarbonisation of heat across campus. This work is to explore the ability to deliver subsurface heat through geothermal energy.

From Monday 29 January – Thursday 25 July, there will be work cabins in the car park at the University Road end of Henry Price and in the car park area near Cemetery Road. Large lorries will deliver equipment to these areas several times a day until Tuesday 5th March which may block the roads leading to the car parks and also create noise. Lorries delivering fuel and collecting spoil will be accessing the sites throughout the work.

From Monday 5 February, drilling will take place at the site in front of Henry Price Residences, i.e. the car park area off Clarendon Road. This is expected to take five days and will take place between 10am-5pm on weekdays. This will be followed by drilling in the other two car parks near Henry Price until the end of July, all day Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm. Material movements will occur between the car parking areas.

After the drilling, water will be pumped out for three weeks so there will be the noise of a generator.
From mid-February onwards there will be a pipe of 6 inch diameter running across the back of Henry Price, joining up the two holes. This pipe will run over the grass where there are benches and tables.

The car park will be closed from Monday 29 January till Wednesday 31 July.


Cabins on site: 29 Jan – 31 Jul
Location: Henry Price Residences, car park area near Cemetery Road 

This site will include the contractor’s facilities such as welfare cabins that will remain throughout the work, as well as the location of an ‘open loop’ well. Drilling for this will take place between 10am-5pm on weekdays.

map of first henry price residences work site

Cabins on site: 29 Apr – 19 Jul
Location: Car park at University Road end of Henry Price Residences

This site will include some contractor facilities and is the location of drilling for both a ‘pilot’ well and ‘open loop’ well. Drilling will only take place between 10am-5pm on weekdays.

New bore hole location (approximate) is indicated by the yellow triangle.

map of second henry price residences work site

For enquiries please contact: Simon Gough
Contact Telephone No: 0113 343 6988 Mobile: 07913 900088

If the above member of staff is unavailable, you have any general queries about our services, please contact the Estate Services Helpdesk on 0113 343 5555 or email:

Thank you for your patience and apologies for any inconvenience caused.