Oxford Brookes University – New Residences
Oxford Brookes University is one of the leading ‘new’ Universities, and this project represented the first major investment in accommodation at their Harcourt Hill campus since Brookes acquired the site in 2004. It involved the demolition of existing accommodation and replacing it with 318 en-suite self-catering units.
GSSArchitecture were initially appointed by the University to provide all design and cost management services in order to successfully achieve a detailed planning consent. The extensive negotiation process with adjoining owners and the local planning authority resulted in full support for the development and meant an approval for the £15 million scheme was achieved through ‘delegated powers’, some eight weeks after submitting the application.
The scheme was tendered on a Design and Build basis, with GSSArchitecture as the designers, novated to Leadbitter Construction, the main contractor, and GSSArchitecture Lead Consultants advising the client as Employer’s Agent.
The project was completed on time and within the initial budget, and achieved a BREEAM rating of “Very Good”.