Oxford Brookes University announces ten year investment plan for its estate

Monday, 12 January 2015

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Oxford Brookes University today (12 January 2015) announces a ten year investment plan for its estate.

With a planned cost of £13m per annum, this will result in a student-centred, integrated and sustainable campus environment which reinforces the University’s identity and guiding principles and continues to attract high calibre staff and students.

Professor Janet Beer, Vice Chancellor, said, “Oxford Brookes has always attracted some of the highest calibre staff and students entering Higher Education. I am immensely proud of the vital role the University plays in the local community, providing a significant proportion of the County’s highly skilled workforce in areas such as nursing, architecture and engineering.

“In order to continue to fulfil this vital role, it is essential that the University can continue to provide the best possible experience for its staff and students. This means that we need to invest in our facilities over the coming years and I am confident that the ten year plan, agreed by our Board of Governors, is the best way to achieve this.”

The plan sets out a significant programme of refurbishment, with some potential new build, on the Headington and Harcourt Hill campuses.

It is essential that the University can continue to provide the best possible experience for its staff and students.

Professor Janet Beer, Vice Chancellor

The University also intends to move its teaching, research and support activity from the Wheatley campus.

The Faculty of Business will move from Wheatley into completely modernised facilities on the Gipsy Lane site and it is currently proposed that this will take place in 2016/17. The relocation of the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment will follow - it is currently expected that this will take place by 2021/22.

The re-provision of the specialist facilities required for these degree courses will be carefully planned in consultation with staff, students and the local community.

Geoff Donnelly, Chair of the Board of Governors, said, “The University knows, from recent experience, about the transformative impact of new facilities and buildings, with both the Abercrombie and the John Henry Brookes buildings having significantly enhanced the learning environment as well as the look and feel of Headington campus. But we can’t stop there.

“The local community’s positive reaction to the completed John Henry Brookes Building, and its recognition in regional and national architectural awards, illustrate that the University can achieve great things for the local landscape as well as for its students and staff when it consults with the local community. This is something we are committed to continuing.”

Further information on the University’s ten year estates plan, including frequently asked questions, can be found on the Space To Think webpages.