A multiple-award-winning public realm.
The £134m redevelopment of Oxford Brookes University’s Headington Campus embodies the spirit of the university’s transformative ‘Space to Think’ initiative. We were appointed to design the public realm following a limited competition.
Working as part of the masterplanning team, we were faced with incoherent, straight-jacketed architecture, poor legibility and outdoor space, but together we developed a design that would transform the campus.
Conceived as a series of interconnecting buildings and spaces, the campus features a dramatic public reception plaza, overlooked by the new John Henry Brookes Building reading rooms and reception. A sheltered, contemplative central courtyard interconnects with the Forum, a four-storey veil of glass the only separation. These elegant spaces are highly sustainable, incorporating cooling labyrinths and attenuation tanks; technically complex yet seemingly simple and created from local materials.
A fully accessible public route links Headington conservation area with South Park and its views of the Oxford’s “dreaming spires”.
The project won a RIBA National Award: a RIBA South Regional Award, the RIBA South Sustainability Award and the RIBA South Building of the Year Award.
Our client was thrilled with our input: “A creative and inventive practice that works collaboratively with its client, achieving outstanding work grounded in technical excellence and value for money.”