Students and staff on the Degerloch Campus think they know the buildings pretty much inside out, but there are areas, some of them sizeable, that neither students nor staff can access and maybe that they do not know exist.
Anyone who has used the music practice rooms in the basement will have seen the bright yellow door at the bottom of the stairs, but have you noticed the smaller door set higher up in the wall on the left? Behind that door is a floor duct that carries water, heating, electrical and data cabling from one end of the Upper School foyer to the other. Cables, pipes and ducts feed into it from the technical rooms in the basement and it distributes them to the rest of the building. It is not a full height duct - you have to bend over to walk along it!
Back to that yellow door - what is behind it? As the label on the door says, it is a room full of batteries. No, they are not for electric cars, but for emergencies. In a place of work and learning we need to ensure that the safety lighting continues to function for a legally specified period of time so that we can find the emergency exits in case of fire or a general power failure. That is what the batteries are for.
Thank you to our caretaker team for keeping all the building services that are hidden away in these rooms functioning!