Burst water mains shuts down parts of Newcastle uni

Lectures have been cancelled

Several uni buildings have been closed until further notice and dozens of lectures cancelled after a “major” water mains burst on campus.

All Monday lectures in Building Sciences, Fine Art, Daysh, Claremont Tower and Claremont Bridge have been cancelled and decisions regarding tomorrow’s teaching arrangements will be made later today.

The buildings are, however, all safe to enter according to the university.

This email was sent out today at 9:50 AM:

Students then received a further email at 10:22am reassuring them that the “buildings themselves are not unsafe” but that the lack of facilities has merely rendered the premises “unsuitable for large-scale teaching”.

The burst has left the affected buildings with no water supply and therefore no heating, working toilets or kitchen facilities.

The cause of the burst has not yet been revealed.

The university said: “We apologise for the inconvenience if this affects you, and will be in touch later in the day to let you know about teaching arrangements for tomorrow.

“A number of students have asked whether they may enter the buildings in order to hand in assignments etc. This is still possible, and it is safe to enter the buildings”.