Progress - the latest on the Faculty of Business move
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
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
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
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
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."
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
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: email@example.com.
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..