Progress - the latest on the Faculty of Business move

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Business School interior sketch

In the estates investment plan, announced in January this year, the move of the Faculty of Business from Wheatley Campus was one of the first main projects.

The move is set to take place during the academic year 2016/17, but no dates have been finalised. To facilitate this, we are making a new home for the Faculty of Business in the Clerici building at Headington Campus. The building will undergo a complete refurbishment, inside and out, and will contain new office spaces, social learning areas, pooled teaching facilities and with an entirely new exterior façade.

Since January, colleagues from the Faculty of Business, Estates and Facilities Management and Berman Guedes Stretton architects, have come together to design the new space.  Members of the faculty set up consultation groups in April to meet with staff and students

Business School 3D

So far, they have decided on the general layout of the renewed building. The ground floor in the former library section will house the faculty executive, finance, marketing and other externally facing staff as well as a large faculty meeting room and a corporate lounge for external visitors. Towards the main entrance to Clerici, will be pooled teaching rooms and some large social learning spaces. The first floor is set to house the faculty's student-facing teams and academic offices with access to interview and small meeting rooms. This is next to some more teaching rooms and a large social learning space; suitable as a waiting area for meeting or interview rooms. There will also be a two-storey lecture theatre with capacity for roughly 90 people. The second floor will be home to more academic offices and research labs in the former library section, as well as more teaching rooms and smaller social learning spaces towards the main entrance to the building.

 Chris Blackburn, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Business said: "The consultation has so far been a good opportunity to consider examples of using shared office environments and to find out what works best for business students. I’m pleased with how the faculty has been contributing ideas and requirements and would encourage staff and students to continue feeding in their thoughts as we start to consider more detailed design."

Consultation groups in the Faculty of Business have scouted out innovative options from other universities and offices; like zoning open plan spaces with flexible furniture and looking at layouts to promote collaboration, or cater for quieter work.

The next major milestone will be to agree the detailed design of the new spaces - where things like furniture, equipment, refreshment facilities and decoration are on the agenda. Until mid-June, the Faculty’s consultation groups will continue to delve into the needs and opportunities of the move for staff and students. If you work or study at the Faculty of Business and want to feedback your thoughts about the move, get in touch with us: spacetothink@brookes.ac.uk.

More widely, an exhibition consulting staff and students has also been taking place to establish more general estate specifications to apply to Clerici or any upcoming refurbishment projects; including a proposal to renew the Main Hall.

We will also be holding public consultation on the Clerici and Sinclair buildings proposed new façade – details are still to be confirmed so check our news page and follow @Space_to_Think on twitter for the most up to date information.