Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University
March 2012 - April 2014
Project Partners
Design EngineRamboll UK LtdLand Use ConsultantsLaing O'Rourke

Full Project Details

Our role: The design, supply and installation of 1,150m² of stone cladding, 4,250m² of insulation and screeding, 6,800m² of hard landscaping and 900lm of bleachers and steps.

Oxford Brookes University is a new university in Oxford, which can trace its origins to 1865 when the former Oxford School of Art was established. The university was renamed in 1992 to honour its former principal, John Brookes.

At the end of May 2014, Vetter UK successfully completed their packages of work on the £65 million redevelopment of the University campus. The project was split in to three phases; an extension to the Abercrombie building with its Glass Tank exhibition space, the new John Henry Brookes building which houses a new library, lecture theatres and teaching spaces and the third phases New Colonnade building, cafe& shops which are due to open later in the summer. The overall scope of works included new build, as well as extension and refurbishments to existing buildings and landscaping.

For Vetter UK, the scheme involved the design, supply and installation of approximately 1,150m² of external stone cladding, 4,250m² of internal stone flooring (inc 4,250m² of insulation and screeding), 6,800m² of hard landscaping and 900lm of bleachers and steps across phases one and two.

Vetter UK formed part of an integrated Laing O'Rourke team, this 'One Team' approach to delivery providing specialist expertise in collaboration with the other one team partners, Expanded, Crown House and Explore Manufacturing throughout. Challenges faced and overcome by the team included the logistics of working within and around a live university campus and the innovation of design within the building.

The project has since been awarded 3 RIBA South Regional Awards, with the John Henry Brookes building picking up the Sustainability Award, a Regional Award and the overall RIBA South Building of the Year.