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The construction of the John Henry Brookes Building on the Headington Campus is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University.

In January 2011, construction work began on the University’s landmark new building. Set at the heart of our Headington Campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and is transforming the experiences of our students and the entire University community. JHBB In Focus provides a summary of the key spaces within the building.

Designed by Design Engine architects, the building won a number of awards, including RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Regional and National Awards (2014), Oxford Preservation Trust New Building Award (2014) and the award in the Student Experience category of the Education Estates Awards (2014).

The building incorporates a number of sustainable features that have helped it achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. The Building Sustainability section provides further details on the features that helps the John Henry Brookes Building reduce its impact.

The first day in the John Henry Brookes Building…

The Abercrombie extension

The first phase of the redevelopment as part of the John Henry Brookes Building project to open was the extension of Abercrombie, which doubled the size of the existing Abercrombie building. Opened in the summer of 2012, this provides studio and learning space for the Schools of Architecture and the Built Environment.

Stunning glass walkways span the full-height atrium between the original and the new spaces, stylishly connecting each floor. The open-plan study areas encourage close working, collaboration and the sharing of ideas between disciplines and year groups.

On the ground floor is the Glass Tank exhibition gallery, providing a prominent position to exhibit University research and display the achievements of our students. Its flexibility supports a multitude of exhibits from sculptures and photography to architecture shows and engineering displays.

Also on the ground floor is the Abercrombie Café, serving a range of light bites and speciality teas, coffees, hot chocolates and soft drinks.

John Henry Brookes Building opening

The John Henry Brookes Building will be opening in phases from Monday 24 February with the new library opening on the Wednesday.

In order for the library move to take place, the existing Headington library will close at 8.00pm on Friday (21 February) and reopen in its new location at 8.30am on Wednesday (26 February). Book loan periods will be extended until Thursday (27 February) to take these days of closure into account and access to the Wheatley and Harcourt libraries as well as to e-resources will be unaffected.

The following alternative quiet study space will be available during this period:

24-hour study space:

7.30pm, Friday 21 February – 6.00am, Monday 24 February:

Computer rooms: Birch House and Fuller (FHG06, 10a and 10b)

Clerici: CG15, 16 and 17 (just off current Main Reception)

Sinclair: SG50 and 51.

Saturday 22 February and Sunday 23 February, 8.00am-6.00pm:

Gibbs: G110, 217, 223 and 228.

24-hour study space:

Monday 24 February 8.30am – Wednesday 26 February 8.30am:

JHB level 4 teaching and computer rooms

Birch House computer rooms.

Most teaching moving into the John Henry Brookes Building will do so from the beginning of week 6 (week commencing Monday 3 March). Module leaders will be contacting you if some of your teaching is moving into the new building and this will also be reflected in your Google calendar. For a full timeline of the phased move into the John Henry Brookes Building, please visit www.brookes.ac.uk/spacetothink

The new building will be open 24/7. For security reasons, between the hours of 9.00pm and 7.00am you will need to use your student card to access the building. You will need to update your student card with access to the John Henry Brookes Building and will be able to do this from midday on Monday 24 February.

If you still hold an older, laminated student card you will be able to exchange this for a new card at Student Central.

Throughout the first weeks of the building we will be running a series of events to celebrate the opening of the building. Keep an eye out on campus TV screens and Oxford Brookes social media.

If you would like to give us feedback relating to the John Henry Brookes Building, please use our feedback form or email Space to Think (spacetothink@brookes.ac.uk).