The new library and teaching building at Gipsy Lane is the latest project at Brookes to pave the way for improved facilities across all our campuses
Oxford Brookes welcomed students to its newest halls in September 2012. The Westminster Halls are situated in our Harcourt Hill Campus a short walk to both the teaching and sporting facilities. They have been designed to recognise the changing needs of students. As well as there being both 6 bedroom cluster flats there are also a number of studio flats. The studios can sleep one to two people and are ideal for students who want their own kitchen and desire a bit more privacy.
The halls have been built to keep their carbon foot print to a minimum. Key features include sedum plant roofs, a centralised energy centre and smart meters installed to monitor the individual flats’ energy consumption.
To recognise the contribution both Reverend Trevor Hughes and Reverend Professor Francis Young OBE have made to the development of Oxford Brookes and in particular the Harcourt Hill Campus the Westminster Halls have been named after these special individuals.
The Post Graduate block has been named after Reverend Trevor Hughes. He was the Principal when Westminster College made the move from London to Oxford and he also facilitated the increase in number of female students.
Reverend Professor Francis Young OBE was a member of the Governing Council of Westminster and became a Governor of Oxford Brookes when the two establishments combined to form the Westminster Institute of Education. In 2010 she received an Honorary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University.
A new café at Headington Hill’s Helena Kennedy Student Centre, Union Square opened in the summer of 2011 and offers the flexible social and study space which will feature in the new building’s central Forum.
The Simon Williams Undergraduate Centre
This innovative social learning space at Wheatley campus opened in September 2007, providing a vibrant atmosphere in which students can socialise, study together and alone or find something to eat.
The John Payne building
Named after the distinguished engineer and Brookes alumnus John Payne, the opening of this building in 2010 marked the completion of the first stage of the redevelopment of Gipsy Lane.
It houses a technology lab and architectural workshop as well as office space for the University’s estates department, and incorporates many environmentally friendly features such as a green sedum roof which absorbs rainwater while helping to maintain the building’s temperature.