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The maintenance section is responsible for the structural integrity, efficient maintenance and safe functioning of all buildings owned or leased by Birkbeck. We also oversee building works and the installation and function of new equipment. 

Our team of skilled craftspeople respond to works requests and also carry out planned, preventative maintenance and regular inspections and checks, to ensure good practice and compliance with statutory requirements. 

Request maintenance work 

To report a fault or request maintenance work, you can raise an ASK query (via My Birkbeck for members of staff) or contact the Estates and Facilities helpdesk if the request is urgent

Mechanical services

  • We are responsible for the operation and maintenance of all mechanical installations and plants within the College, including:
    • air conditioning and refrigeration 
    • chilled water systems 
    • compressed air supply 
    • internal and external drainage 
    • heating and hot water boilers 
    • heating systems 
    • hot and cold water distribution mains 
    • natural gas distribution 
    • plumbing 
    • specialist plant and equipment 
    • ventilation systems. 

Electrical services

  • The electrical services section ensures that all electrical installations and systems are highly maintained and safe to use, including: 
    • access control equipment 
    • electrical plant supplies 
    • emergency lighting 
    • external perimeter lighting 
    • fire alarms and weekly recorded testing 
    • general lighting 
    • intruder/alarm systems 
    • power circuits. 


  • This section is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of all building fabric items, including: 
    • doors 
    • floor finishes 
    • glazing 
    • joinery 
    • key cutting 
    • locks 
    • roof work 
    • shelving 
    • signage 
    • small building jobs 
    • windows.