Plans to further improve Headington Campus given the green light

Friday, 08 January 2016

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Oxford Brookes received the go-ahead for the first phase of construction as part of its ten year estates investment plan on Wednesday (6 January).

The approval from Oxford City Council’s planning committee will allow for the transformation of two main buildings on the Gipsy Lane Site located on the Headington Campus.

As part of this phase of the University’s ten year plan, the Sinclair and Clerici buildings are both set to be reclad and completely refurbished.

Vice Chancellor Professor Alistair Fitt said of the plans: “From recent experience, we are well aware of the transformative impact that new facilities and buildings can have on the University’s learning environments as well as the look and feel of the Headington Campus.

"Staff and students benefit greatly from improved campuses and it is important for Oxford Brookes to bring the rest of its estate up to the quality of the award-winning John Henry Brookes Building.

"Members of the local community have also been extremely positive about our improved campuses. The John Henry Brookes Building has allowed the community to interact with the University more frequently and I look forward to this continuing with the ongoing improvements.”

Set to commence this month, the Sinclair building and its annex will have the exterior wall finishing fully replaced in a style more in keeping with the look of the John Henry Brookes Building.

Work is also set to start on transforming the former Library in the Clerici building into the new home of the Faculty of Business.

This project will also see the rest of the Clerici building refurbished and the Main Hall demolished and rebuilt to provide new teaching and social learning spaces.

These spaces will also be reclad in a style in keeping with the John Henry Brookes Building.

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