Open Doors' visitors enjoy the magnificent Abercrombie

Thursday, 19 September 2013

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Oxford Brookes’ Planning Department and the Space to Think Team welcomed Oxfordshire residents to the Abercrombie Atrium for Oxford Open Doors 2013.

Open Doors’ visitors enjoy the magnificent Abercrombie

Oxford Brookes’ Planning Department and the Space to Think Team welcomed Oxfordshire residents to the Abercrombie Atrium for Oxford Open Doors 2013. With the first phase of the campus redevelopment having been open for just over a year, Open Doors was a great opportunity to show off the completed first phase.

Students from the Planning Department, created an interactive zone in the towering atrium so children could create their ideas for cities of the future. Laing O’Rourke the lead constructor for the John Henry Brookes Building development, helped provide materials and get the children into the construction mood with child safety jackets and helmets.

Engrossed in building and drawing various designs, I’m not sure that children wanted to hand their hard hats and jackets back when it was time to leave. Enjoy a selection of photos from the day with our Oxford Open Doors 2013 Flickr album.

"The city building exercise was very exciting- young participants were very creative in building the city of their dreams. We had bridges, hospitals, windmills, moats and very interesting housing schemes."

Georgia Butina-Watson – Head of Planning
 

As people entered the atrium their heads automatically rose to admire the architecture and the vibrant coloured bridges that attracted their gaze. With a warm and friendly buzz around the atrium, the Space to Think Team gave interested residents the low down on the campus redevelopment. The residents found out about how the Abercrombie development represented just 20% of the whole project and discovered how it was changing students’ working practices on campus and improving their productivity.

With videos and a scale model of the John Henry Brookes Building in the Space to Think Lab, people were also able to picture the full development. A number of people expressed their desire to return for Oxford Open Doors 2014 to see the completed project.

The Glass Tank, housed an exhibition on Social Entrepreneur award winners. These awards are given to ambitious Oxford Brookes students who recognise society’s needs. Through a mentor training programme and cash awards, students are given the support to make real differences to the communities they want to positively affect.

With the Abercrombie café on hand to provide afternoon tea, Oxford Open Doors in the Abercrombie Building was the perfect pre-cursor to next year and Open Doors coming to the completed John Henry Brookes Building.