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  • The John Henry Brookes Building

    The construction of the John Henry Brookes Building on the Headington Campus is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University.

    In January 2011, construction work began on the University’s landmark new building. Set at the heart of our Headington Campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and is transforming the experiences of our students and the entire University community. JHBB In Focus provides a summary of the key spaces within the building.

    Designed by Design Engine architects, the building won a number of awards, including RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Regional and National Awards (2014), Oxford Preservation Trust New Building Award (2014) and the award in the Student Experience category of the Education Estates Awards (2014).

    The building incorporates a number of sustainable features that have helped it achieve BREEAM 'Excellent' rating. The Building Sustainability section provides further details on the features that helps the John Henry Brookes Building reduce its impact.

    The first day in the John Henry Brookes Building...


    The Abercrombie extension

    The first phase of the redevelopment as part of the John Henry Brookes Building project to open was the extension of Abercrombie, which doubled the size of the existing Abercrombie building. Opened in the summer of 2012, this provides studio and learning space for the Schools of Architecture and the Built Environment.

    Stunning glass walkways span the full-height atrium between the original and the new spaces, stylishly connecting each floor. The open-plan study areas encourage close working, collaboration and the sharing of ideas between disciplines and year groups.

    On the ground floor is the Glass Tank exhibition gallery, providing a prominent position to exhibit University research and display the achievements of our students. Its flexibility supports a multitude of exhibits from sculptures and photography to architecture shows and engineering displays.

    Also on the ground floor is the Abercrombie Café, serving a range of light bites and speciality teas, coffees, hot chocolates and soft drinks.