Inspirational new building given the green light
Thursday, 09 August 2018
Oxford City Council has agreed to Oxford Brookes’ plans for a new building on the Headington Hill site of our Headington Campus.
The new building will see the creation of a ‘making hub’ for the University’s Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment. The £25 million build will provide purpose-built space for a variety of practical teaching, research and knowledge exchange activities. It will bring together engineering, computing and a number of disciplines from the creative industries.
The building will allow us to anticipate the many careers our students will take up and connect us to the sectors employing them.Paul Inman, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment
The new connected teaching rooms, computing labs, hack and maker spaces, engineering workshops, art, design and media studios, performance spaces, design innovation labs, and business incubation spaces will be located on the site of the existing Helena Kennedy Student Centre, which has been used as a temporary decant space since the opening of the award-winning John Henry Brookes Building in 2014.
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, Paul Inman said, “The new building will provide the University with big, bright, open creative spaces where making is very visible. The plans are a response to the resurgence of interest in design, craft, sustainability and technical making skills. We will be providing spaces that at present don’t exist in the city, spaces where our researchers and students can interact with businesses and our immediate communities. We will be opening ourselves to the outside world with projects aimed at making that world a better place to live in.
“The building will allow us to anticipate the many careers our students will take up and connect us to the sectors employing them. Art and design thinking, converging technologies and digital innovation all under the same roof will foster the importance of interdisciplinary practice, team playing and group working skills. Staff, students and external partners will be encouraged to be curious, to collaborate, to speculate and to take risks in a supportive environment.”
The construction of the new building will facilitate the University’s withdrawal from the Wheatley Campus and bring the Headington Hill site facilities up to the same high standard as the award-winning John Henry Brookes, Abercrombie, Sinclair and Clerici buildings.
Now that planning permission has been approved, the University looks forward to implementing this next phase of our Estates Investment Plan, investing £220 million in the estate over the next ten years. Work on the new building is anticipated to start in the autumn with an expected completion in summer 2020.