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 (December 2021 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.

  • Following the setting up of a contractor’s site office within an existing building, initial work will commence from the middle of January 2022 and begin with the introduction of site fencing. 
  • Enabling works such as the laying of underground services will then take place, followed by the removal of the buildings set to be redeveloped. 
  • The construction of the redeveloped buildings is expected to begin in Spring 2022.
  • 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. A traffic management plan will also be implemented to ensure safety for all road and pavement users.

Geo-Exchange System for the Gipsy Lane site (December 2021 update)

Oxford Brookes is to introduce a Geo-Exchange Heating and Cooling System which will 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%. Further information on the project can be found on the University's newspages.

The system will consist of a heat pump to be installed within a pre-existing interior plant room, or energy centre. It will also involve an innovative new approach to carbon reduction utilising boreholes and inter-connecting flowlines that will be 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 will be approximately 15-20cm. The boreholes will be located on the University’s access road parallel with Gipsy Lane next to the Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall building. The manhole covers will be a standard size, visible only at ground level, with access for maintenance and servicing.

  • We currently expect that physical work will begin from Monday 20 December 2021, with external works proposed to be completed by the end of March 2022. 
  • The work will be undertaken by Black Mountain Developments on behalf of the University. Safety will remain paramount at all times and work is being planned to ensure that any disruption is kept to a minimum over this period.
  • We anticipate that core work will take place between the hours of 7.30am and 6.30pm, Monday to Friday. There may occasionally be a need to work on Saturdays which would take place between 8am and 2pm.
  • We do expect there to be intermittent noise during the work but as part of assessments undertaken for the planning application, we have been assured that disruption to those living or working near to the site will be minimal. This is primarily due to the specialist equipment being used and mitigation measures we are taking such as the site hoardings which will help to reduce any noise impact.
  • A traffic management plan has also been produced to ensure safety for all road and pavement users. Staff based on site will be on hand to minimise traffic disruption as vehicles enter and leave the site. The current BROOKESbus on the access road parallel with Gipsy Lane will be moved to a temporary bus stop on Gipsy Lane itself while this work is taking place.