Lift Modernisation Program: Social Sciences Building (24)

8 Dec 2023

There will be a disruption to the Social Sciences Building (24) lift (No. 30), nearby motor room and surrounding areas while the lift and associated infrastructure are upgraded.

The lift will remain out of service for the duration of the works. The works involve dismantling and removal of some existing lift equipment, installation of new landing doors, and associated infrastructure upgrades.

A portion of the works will involve drilling and cutting. There may be noticeable noise for short periods during the works. Where possible, noisy works will be undertaken in the early morning between 6:00am – 8:00am.

UQ Property and Facilities kindly request your cooperation while we complete this important lift modernisation, improving reliability of the lift and accessibility to the Social Sciences Building.

Affected Areas

  • Lift Motor Room
  • Levels 2-6 (5)


  • Start: Tuesday, 23 January 2024*
  • Finish: Monday, 13 May 2024
  • General construction times: 6:00am to 2:00pm (intermittently noisy works)
  • Noisy works 6:00am to 8:00am (hammer drills, banging, etc)

* Project start date dependent on completion of McElwain (24A) lift upgrade currently underway.

Please note that these dates are indicative only and are subject to change. Should these dates change, stakeholders will be advised at the earliest opportunity.

Work details


The works will include the following:

  • Lift shaft and pit equipment (travelling cables, lift shaft wiring/steelwork/lighting/travelling cables etc.)
  • Communications (Maintenance and Emergency Communication Unit)
  • Landing Equipment
  • Maintenance and Emergency Communication Unit
  • Lift car and counterweight equipment (lift car, car doors operating system, car controls, counterweight)
  • Machine Room Equipment (hoist machinery, lighting, accessories etc.)

NOTE: During the period of works planned, TKE will place half-height hoarding screens to delineate the site areas of the works (e.g. each floor level) and appropriate safety and directional signage will be installed.

Project details

In providing world-class campuses and facilities, UQ P&F is in the process of a staged installation of 8 new lifts and the modernisation of a further 4 lifts across 4 different sites. The Social Sciences lift was originally manufactured and installed in 1962 and will now be replaced with a new lift that is compliant to current relevant building codes and standards.


Please note that there will be issues with PWD access to areas of the building during these works, and alternate arrangements may be required for staff and students.

For any enquiries around access and alternative arrangements:

For project related enquiries or issues during construction work, please contact:

Mel Marke, Associate Director, Infrastructure Projects:

Paul Campbell, Associate Director, (Turner & Townsend)

We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding during this time.

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