New university buildings win conservation award

Wednesday, 07 November 2018

Clerici building

The quality of Oxford Brookes’ campuses was recognised again last night (Tuesday 6 November) with the University’s buildings receiving another accolade.

The refurbishment of the Clerici and Sinclair buildings on the Headington Campus was recognised with an award in the Large Building Conservation category at the Oxford Preservation Trust Awards 2018.

The awards recognise building projects that “make a contribution to Oxford” and which celebrate “good design and conservation”.

The plaque comes on top of the buildings being highly commended in the Design through Innovation category in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards earlier this year.

The refurbishment of the buildings is part of the University’s continued investment in its estate and has seen industry-standard teaching and research laboratories created in Sinclair, alongside a purpose-built home for the University’s bio-imaging unit which undertakes microscopy research.

The new Clerici boasts 30 teaching rooms, study space and the brand new Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall, used for teaching and large events including graduations. The building also houses the Oxford Brookes Business School.

Chris Blackburn, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Oxford Brookes Business School, commented: “We are thrilled that the Oxford Preservation Trust has recognised the refurbishment of Clerici and Sinclair with this award.

“We are proud of the transformation that this refurbishment has had on our campus estate, and the positive impact it has had on our students’ learning experiences and research activities. But the award from the Oxford Preservation Trust also demonstrates the significance of this project for the city and people of Oxford.

“Both Clerici and Sinclair were original 1960s campus buildings and this refurbishment has reinvigorated these spaces, transforming them into state of the art facilities for study and which truly mirror the environment of organisations with whom our students and researchers go on to work.”

This is the second time in recent years that Oxford Brookes has received recognition from the Oxford Preservation Trust, after the University’s landmark John Henry Brookes Building won in the New Building category in the 2014 awards.