Looking back at 2015

Monday, 21 December 2015

Rain Pavilion sunshine

The 10 biggest achievements on our campuses this year.

It’s been a big year for campus redevelopment at Oxford Brookes University. Many projects have been finished and plans are set for more to come. Take a look at the 10 biggest achievements on our campuses this year.

1. Colonnade
Early in the year the Colonnade fully opened with the new book shop, café and bank; as well dental and medical services upstairs. The opening of the Colonnade was the last phase in the redevelopment project which included the School of Architecture and the School of the Built Environment moving into Abercrombie and the RIBA award winning John Henry Brookes Building which has transformed how students work on campus.

2. Gibbs

Early in the year, selected teaching rooms and offices throughout Gibbs were refreshed and adjusted to provide a modern new environment to learn and work in. For example on the ground floor, meeting rooms and a large teaching room were refurbished and on the top floor, OBIS moved into a large new office.

3. Harcourt Hill demolition and landscaping

Following the opening of Westminster Halls in 2012 we were required to demolish older residences at the campus. In April, demolition of buildings M-Y began. Rubble was taken off site for crushing, which kept the whole operation much tidier. In its place is now a nicely landscaped section of the campus which complements the green surroundings of Harcourt Hill Campus.

4. Lloyd
In a busy summer of moves and refurbishments, Lloyd was the first project to complete. The project created new offices and a training room. In June the renamed building opened to the first wave of moves, including UK Recruitment and Partnerships, Transport Services and the Accommodation Bureau. They were joined by Admissions later in the year. 

5. International Centre
In September the refurbishment of the International Centre was completed. This provided more office space and a new student zone for our International students on the top floor. With extra space for staff Oxford Brookes International is now centrally located in a single building. Students can now conveniently meet with their lecturers and support staff in the same place.

6. Tonge Labs
Over the summer the Tonge Labs on the ground floor were refitted with new benching and furnishings. In updated and refreshed facilities, the labs are being used for research, teaching and as a Bio-Innovation hub for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.

7. Sinclair ground floor
Completed in September, the ground floor of Sinclair building was refurbished too. This provides a new home for Psychology staff and their laboratories. The renewed ground floor is home to the faculty administration office, executive office, as well as student support staff in the foyer area. Next year work will begin to refurbish all floors and the exterior cladding of Sinclair.

8. Climbing wall
At Headington Sports Centre we completed an extension to the climbing wall. Inside a canopy, climbers can enjoy a cooler environment to climb on a brand new wall. There’s also a lower level bouldering wall for practicing difficult manoeuvres and a chill out space to rest. Visit Brookes Sport to book a climbing session.

9. Rain Pavilion
As a rainy autumn arrived so too did the Rain Pavilion. This sculpture on the Piazza is the culmination of 3 years hard work between staff and students. Beautifully lit at night, during warmer months ‘rain’ falls from the leaves of the canopy for a few minutes every hour. 

10. Multi use pitches
In October, the 3G multi use pitches were completed at Harcourt Hill, opposite Brookes Sport Botley. They reused the space of old tennis courts on the same footprint and now provide for a wider range of sports. The pitches are floodlit until 10pm and can be used at full size or divided for multiple games at the same time. Contact Brookes Sport Botley to book a pitch.

Next year will see more works taking place as part of the estates investment plan. Sign up to the Space to Think update for updates about Buckley, Clerici, Sinclair, Main Hall and more.