Vice-Chancellor lends a hand to demolition

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Alistair Fitt Main Hall demolition Oxford Brookes

As work progresses on the Clerici re-development project, Vice-Chancellor Professor Alistair Fitt lends a hand to get the demolition of the Main Hall started.

The new Main Hall is being constructed on the same footprint as the soon-to-be demolished hall. The new building will be an adaptable space, providing two new lecture rooms with a soundproofed partition wall which will transform into a single, large space that will be ideal for events such as graduations and exams.

The Clerici building, currently being fully refurbished by contractors McLaughlin and Harvey, will become the new home to Oxford Brookes’ Faculty of Business and will also house a collaborative lecture theatre, 30 teaching rooms and a series of social learning spaces.

I look forward to seeing the new spaces inspire students and strengthen our place as a leading university

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alistair Fitt

The exterior spaces outside Clerici and the Main Hall will be landscaped to provide more usable outdoor space through rearranging the visitors’ parking and introducing a new planting scheme. With Oxford Brookes’ commitment to encouraging staff, students and visitors to think about how they travel to the University a new bike parking facility will also be incorporated into the design.

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University: “Last year we set out our ten year estate investment plan which will see the University create more spaces on campus to match the excellent teaching and learning, research and support we provide at Oxford Brookes.

“The Main Hall, Clerici and Sinclair developments on our Headington Campus are an integral part of this and I am therefore honoured to have taken part in this ceremonial event to mark the work which is taking place.

“The award-winning John Henry Brookes Building and Abercrombie extension which we have opened in recent years have been remarkable successes already and I look forward to seeing the new spaces inspire students, strengthen our place as a leading university and further enhance the status of a degree from Oxford Brookes.”

The full detail of the Main Hall’s design is still being developed. The contractor and the University’s projects team are creating the design with stakeholders from across the University to ensure that the space will best meet the needs of the people who use it.

To keep up-to-date with how the designs and redevelopment of the Main Hall and other projects in Oxford Brookes’ estate investment plan are developing visit the Space to Think website.