In order to complete a $130 million renovation project at Oxford Brookes University, the university has selected Turner & Townsend to serve as project and cost manager on its estates project framework.
The consulting firm has been given a multi-faceted role inside the framework. Oxford Brookes University’s 10-year improvement plan calls for the construction of student-inspiring facilities as well as the enhancement of the university’s standing as a top-tier educational institution.
With this contract, they’ll be responsible for designing and renovating Oxford’s Headington campus, which includes the Sinclair and Clerici building complexes.
The Faculty of Business will relocate from the Wheatley Campus to the £20 million Clerici building, which will be fully renovated by 2017. A new main lecture theatre, multi-purpose hall, and support areas are all part of the plan.
The Sinclair Building is a £9 million STEM-funded redevelopment of an existing building on the Gypsy Lane site, home to the psychology department and a variety of departments under health and life sciences.
Furthermore, the Ferndale site in Swindon, which houses a portion of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, has been relocated, and a newly acquired facility at Wiltshire’s Delta Office Park has been remodelled under its auspices.
For many years, Turner & Townsend has worked with the university on a variety of projects, including the award-winning John Henry Brookes Building, which houses the main reception area, the new library, the student union, as well as cafeterias and lecture theatres.
Architects Berman Guedes Stretton, whose partners are all Oxford Brookes grads, are collaborating with the consultancy on the latest projects.
“We are thrilled to be working closely with the University again to create high-value design solutions.
Turner & Townsend director Tim Jervis stated, “The University is known for its world-class teaching and we are happy to support the delivery of buildings and facilities to match.
“Our long-running and strong relationship with Oxford Brookes has meant we fully understand the sensitivities of carrying out major works and the potential impact on staff, students and the local community. The biggest challenge is to keep delivering cost-effective schemes after the John Henry Brookes building’s success.”
Sue Holmes, director of estates at Oxford Brookes University and current chair of the Association of University Directors of Estates, added: “We have been extremely impressed with Turner & Townsend, and we knew their openness, flexibility and collaborative day-to-day working would help to successfully deliver on multiple future projects.
“In order to continue to attract and retain high-calibre staff and students, Oxford Brookes University needs to ensure that its excellent reputation for teaching and research is matched by a high-quality estate.”