Works updates

We’re developing campuses for the future. Where possible we keep disruptive work to times that limit the impact on local residents, staff and students. With the size of some of the works we are doing this is not always possible. Keep up-to-date with current works and route changes on all our campuses.

Redevelopment of Clive Booth Student Village (October 2022 update)

Oxford Brookes received planning permission in November 2021 for the redevelopment of Clive Booth Student Village.

The project will provide an increased number of high-quality rooms within the University’s estate. This will help to reduce the number of students living in private rented accommodation and support efforts to manage local housing demand.

The construction work will be undertaken on behalf of the University by Morgan Sindall, who are registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme. Safety is of the utmost importance and both Oxford Brookes and Morgan Sindall will ensure that any disruption is kept to a minimum while work is undertaken. 

Ongoing work:

  • The main demolition works of buildings to be removed during the first phase of the site’s redevelopment took place from May 2022. This involved careful dismantling and the recycling of materials. 

  • The groundworks contractors have completed the stone piling mats of all the building footprints.

  • The reinforcement for the tower cranes concrete bases is now taking place and will follow the piling of the crane area ready for pouring the concrete bases.

  • A lot of progress has been achieved on Building E such as drainage within the footprint being near complete and the waterproofing, insulation and steel reinforcement for the ground floor slab progressing well.

  • Due to the recent wet weather and remedial works needed to the piling mats, the tower crane erection will now take place throughout December, with the first two cranes going up before Christmas.

  • Further detail can be found in the November 2022 newsletter link below.


A more detailed newsletter produced by Morgan Sindall, which includes the contractor's contact details, will be made available on this webpage via the links below:


Find out more about Clive Booth Student Village in person:

From May 2022 Morgan Sindall, in collaboration with Oxford Brookes, began hosting drop-in information sessions on the first Monday of every month. Anyone is welcome to attend the sessions which allow for individuals or groups to hear about the latest developments and ask questions. They take place at the Morgan Sindall Site Office located within the previous Morrells Bar on the Clive Booth Student Village site. The next drop-in sessions will be taking place from 3.00pm to 5.00pm on:

  • Monday 19 December 2022 
  • Monday 16 January 2023
  • Monday 20 February 2023
  • Monday 20 March 2023
  • Monday 17 April 2023

Information and images are also viewable on hoardings (pictured left) which can be found near the Cuckoo Lane entrance to Clive Booth Student Village site.

Geo-Exchange System for the Gipsy Lane site (August 2022 update)

About the project: 

Oxford Brookes has introducing a Geo-Exchange Heating System to displace the use of fossil fuels. It is estimated that the introduction of the new system will help to reduce carbon emissions from the University’s Gipsy Lane site by approximately 20%. 

The system consists of a heat pump installed within a pre-existing interior plant room, or energy centre. It also involves an innovative new approach to carbon reduction utilising boreholes and inter-connecting flowlines that are capped at the surface, with manhole covers.

The number of boreholes required is fourteen, with a depth of approximately 220m. The drilling diameter for each borehole is approximately 15-20cm. The boreholes are located on the University’s access road parallel with Gipsy Lane next to the Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall building. The manhole covers are a standard size, visible only at ground level, with access for maintenance and servicing.

Physical work began on Monday 20 December 2021, with external works completed in July 2022. The work was  undertaken by Black Mountain Developments on behalf of the University. 

Further information on the completion of the project can be found on the University's webpages.