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£6.25m remodel for Oxford Brookes University

The uni's Sinclair Building will be remodelled into a modern teaching, research and study space for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Posted by Julian Owen | November 23, 2017 | Bricks & mortar

Wantage-based construction specialist Stepnell will be remodelling internal space across three of the Sinclair Building’s five storeys, plus the roof and basement. The project, which aims to improve the 1970s-built building’s spatial and environmental efficiency, will provide 10 main laboratories plus preparation and test spaces, two computer laboratories and 34 open-plan offices with associated meeting and interview rooms.

Oxford-based BGS Architects have designed the building’s new modern look to complement and blend with other Headington campus buildings. The refurbishment will make use of natural ventilation and daylight which is unusual for laboratory design.

Due for completion in August 2019, the project follows the recent remodelling of the building’s first and second floors and annex into modern teaching and research spaces.

“Students and staff are already benefiting from improved teaching and lab spaces in the redeveloped Sinclair building."

“We are excited to be starting work on this scheme, which will create flexible working environments for Oxford Brookes’ students in line with modern higher education design,” said Andrew Hill, Stepnell senior contracts manager. “As the building will remain in use during the construction, we will be working closely with the University to ensure that the construction causes minimal disruption to day-to-day academic activities.”

Stepnell won the contract through the University’s construction framework to upgrade campus facilities over four years, which comes as part of a larger, ten-year investment programme to refurbish and redevelop Oxford Brookes’ estate.

Sue Holmes, director of Estates and Facilities Management at Oxford Brookes, said: “Students and staff are already benefiting from improved teaching and lab spaces in the redeveloped Sinclair building. We look forward to the next stage of the building’s transformation which will see further world-class campus environments to match the University’s high quality teaching and research.” 

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