Berman Guedes Stretton (BGS) has won planning for the refurbishment of the Sinclair Building, Clerici Building, Former Library and Main Hall at the Headington Campus of Oxford Brookes University. The project is the first phase of the ten-year Universities Estates Strategy for the campus.
BGS’ designs include the refurbishment and overcladding of the Sinclair Building and Annexe, and the refurbishment of the Clerici Building and former library buildings. The £40 million project will provide a new entrance gateway to the university, new facilities for the Faculty of Business, a new lecture theatre and shared teaching spaces for the university at large.
The Main Lecture Theatre will be demolished to improve the circulation and connectivity around the site. The Main Hall will also be demolished and a new multi-purpose facility designed, fit for 21st century teaching with retractable seating and a removable wall. This new hall, reconstructed on the original footprint, will provide a flexible space for a range of activities as diverse as graduations, lectures, matriculation, freshers’ fairs and events. New landscaping will provide better pedestrian and controlled vehicle access.
The design proposals have been considered within the context of the existing masterplan and previous projects on the site, responding to the architecture and layout and sought to bring uniformity and consistency to the disparate styles and structures.