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Client:Oxford Brookes University
Contractor:Willmott Dixon
Construction value:£60m

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, Headington Hill

Oxford Brookes University (OBU)

Two new three-storey university teaching buildings with associated infrastructure and landscaping. The new buildings will create a new hub for the Faculty of Technology, Design and Engineering (TBE). The New Teaching Building (NTB) is on the site of the former Helena Kennedy building which was recently demolished. The other building the Purpose Built Workshop (PBW) is within the car park. The design accommodates workshop, laboratories, offices and break out spaces as well as an atrium and cafe. Included within this there are areas for test rigs, hot works, high voltage battery areas, the teaching of chemical, material science, physics, maths, robotics and technology. Both buildings are steel frame construction supporting the upper floors with exposed plank soffits to maximise headroom and provide exposed thermal mass. The chosen solutions for both buildings carefully considered material efficiency and functionality of the spaces.