Clerici and Sinclair Building Refurbishment win Design through Innovation award

Friday, 11 May 2018

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The transformed spaces on Oxford Brookes’ Headington Campus have been recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The Clerici and Sinclair buildings received a Highly Commended award in the Design through Innovation category at this week’s RICS Awards 2018.

The accolade from RICS South East honours “the use of outstanding innovation in designing a successful project.” The judging panel found that Oxford Brookes’ redevelopments demonstrate clear evidence of “creativity and innovative design”

We are committed to providing high-quality, sustainable campuses which support us in providing an excellent experience for students and staff.

Sue Holmes, Director of Estates and Facilities Management, Oxford Brookes University

Sue Holmes, Director of Estates and Facilities Management, said: “It was a great honour for the Clerici and Sinclair buildings to receive this accolade. We are committed to providing high-quality, sustainable campuses which support us in providing an excellent experience for students and staff. To be recognised in the Design through Innovation category is testament to the inspirational spaces on our campuses.”

In 2015, Oxford Brookes announced its ten-year estates investment plan which is seeing the University investing £220 million to further improve its campuses. So far, the plan has involved large-scale refurbishments to many of the University’s buildings.

Last year, the Oxford Brookes Business School moved from the Wheatley Campus to the fully refurbished Clerici building on the Headington Campus.

Sinclair-labs-800x450In addition, the Clerici redevelopment project has delivered thirty new teaching rooms, a collaborative lecture theatre, social learning spaces and the Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall - a flexible and dynamic space for teaching and events, such as graduations.

The project completed in March 2018 with the opening of the new, modernised external façade and new external landscaped spaces.

The first phase of refurbishment for the Sinclair building also completed in 2017. This included a new home for the Bioimaging Unit which specialises in molecular cell biology research and brought state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories to the University’s central home for health and life sciences.

RICS' South East region is part of its national association of England. The area encompasses Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, the Channel Islands, Kent, Surrey, and East and West Sussex.

Further information on Oxford Brookes’ campus developments can be found on the Space to Think webpages.

RICS is the global professional body promoting and enforcing the highest international standards in the valuation, management and development of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.