The phased opening of the John Henry Brookes Building

Thursday, 04 April 2013


The John Henry Brookes Building on the Headington campus will open in phases during Semester one of the 2013-14 academic year.

 

 

The John Henry Brookes Building on the Headington campus will open in phases during Semester one of the 2013-14 academic year. By the beginning of Semester 2 we’ll be moved into our new home.

The construction team have been working to a challenging schedule in order to have the building ready by September. We have now been advised this deadline will not be met. Build projects of this size and complexity do sometimes get delayed for a number of reasons.

As such this means we will be putting a phased opening contingency plan into place. Phasing the opening will mean that we can ensure a smoother transition into our new spaces and also gives us the opportunity to test the new spaces with students and staff and incorporate any final feedback early.

Paul Large, Registrar, said: 'Maintaining an excellent student experience as we begin to occupy the new building is really the key priority and phasing what will be a complex move will mean we can better manage inevitable challenges of getting new services to work effectively.'

Once the building has been handed over, OBIS and the building management team will then ensure the IT and the building’s environmental management system are operating well before students and staff move in. The move of individual services and teaching into the new building will be communicated to all staff and students closer to the time.