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Demolition begins at Oxford Brookes University


As work progresses on Oxford Brookes University’s Clerici redevelopment project, the University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Alistair Fitt lends a hand to get the demolition of the Main Hall started.

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

The new Clerici building will become the new home to the University’s Faculty of Business, and will also house a collaborative lecture theatre, 30 teaching rooms and a series of social learning spaces.

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.

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor at Oxford Brookes University commented, “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.”

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