Open Doors is coming to Oxford Brookes Abercrombie Building

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Abercrombie building

The first phase of our new-look campus will be open to the public for this year’s Open Doors.

14 September 1-5pm

Interactive zone 2-4pm

The first phase of our new-look campus will be open to the public for this year’s Open Doors. Oxford Brookes University is investing in its future by redeveloping the Gipsy Lane Site.  On completion of the project, Oxford Brookes will have a new library, lecture theatre, a number of teaching rooms, and a new home for our students’ union and a selection of food outlets. Open Doors will provide residents of Headington and Oxford with the opportunity to find out more about our campus redevelopment.

Abercrombie Building

Completed in 2012 the Abercrombie Building and new extension is home to the Departments of Planning, Construction, Real Estate and Architecture. The students’ new spaces have engendered a real pride in where they work, with many students now spending more time studying on-site.

With a towering atrium and vibrantly coloured bridges smoothly gliding across this light and airy space the Abercrombie Building is a great piece of modern design.

As well as looking good the atrium is also a key part of the natural ventilation system of the building. In the summer cool air is pulled in from window vents on the ground floor to manage the building’s temperature. In the winter the thermal mass of the smooth exposed concrete stores heat so the building remains a comfortable temperature while using less energy.

Space to Think Lab

The Lab is a test zone for various aspects of our upcoming John Henry Brookes Building. It enables the Space to Think Team to tell students, staff and other interested parties about the plans for the new building. For Open Doors the Space to Think Team invite you to come in and ask us about the redevelopment project.

Student Exhibition in the Glass Tank

The Glass Tank exhibition space is set to play a key role as the public face of Oxford Brookes.  Over the last academic year, the Glass Tank has provided the perfect venue for student end of year shows, public art exhibitions and a successful showing of sections of the Booker Prize Archive, which is kept in Oxford Brookes’ Special Collections Library. Next semester’s events will be just as exciting and will kick off with an exhibition on student social enterprise and will be on display for viewing during Open Doors.

Kids’ interactive zone

Oxford Brookes Planning Department will be inspiring young visitors to think about the buildings and cities of the future. Specially selected students will be on hand to help children create the next generation’s built environment. So you’ll be able to enjoy a coffee from the Abercrombie Café while your children get creative.

Abercrombie Café

The Abercrombie Café sits at one end of the atrium and is a relaxing place in the midst of the bustle of university life at Brookes.

The Abercrombie Café will be open and serving drinks and a selection of tasty treats.

We hope to see you there…