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GRAHAM to get 'creative' at Oxford Brookes

Author: Rob Joyce

Posted: 10 Apr 2019

A computer-generated image (CGI) of the interdisciplinary technology and creative industries building at Oxford Brookes

GRAHAM has been selected to carry out the £18.1 million design and build of a new, interdisciplinary technology and creative industries building at Oxford Brookes University’s Headington Campus as part of a framework to support the delivery of its 10-year estate investment plan.

GRAHAM will construct a new-build facility which will bring together the University’s courses in the arts, architecture, computing, engineering and the built environment.

Sitting to the east of Headington Hill Hall, within the protected Headington Hill Conservation Area, the new structure will replace the existing Helena Kennedy Building. Creating purpose-built labs, workshops and studio spaces, the new building will be a hub for research and teaching, encouraging collaboration between these practical disciplines.

GRAHAM was selected as part of the Oxford Brookes University framework panel in 2016 to deliver projects worth over £5 million. The estate investment programme is upgrading facilities on the University’s campuses as well as some residential accommodation.

Adrian Stokes, Deputy Director of Estates at Oxford Brookes University, said:

“We are pleased to be working with GRAHAM on this exciting project to deliver brand new study spaces for our courses in technology and the creative industries.

“GRAHAM won a very competitive tender process, so we are confident that they can help us to create this transformative building which will encourage collaboration in research, teaching and study at Oxford Brookes.”

GRAHAM London Office Director, Rob Joyce said:

“The construction of the new technology building forms part of Oxford Brookes University’s vision to deliver new and exciting spaces fit for learning, innovation and technical making skills. Construction of the new building will support the University’s withdrawal from the Wheatley Campus and bring forward high-quality facilities for academic use. We will draw on our extensive experience of delivering educational builds for forward-thinking institutions to implement this important phase in the University’s estate programme.”

The works, comprising the design and construction of the new building including all enabling works, external works and drainage, will be carried out over a 64-week programme.

It is anticipated to start in May 2019.