Oxford Brookes (OBU) consists of approximately 20,000 students across three university campuses in Oxfordshire. Founded in 1865 as the Oxford School of Arts, gradual development and continual growth lead to the school achieving university status in 1992, making it one of the UK’s ‘new’ universities. It was also the first university in the world to be awarded Fairtrade status in 2003, which encouraged other large institutions to recognise their own global responsibility.
At present, OBU is looking to redevelop various aspects of each campus, with the residential block being at the forefront of those which are to take place on Harcourt Hill Campus within the next few years. The brief was to refurbish the currently unused Residential Block R in its entirety, in order to provide modernised accommodation for students for the new academic year.
The works included stripping the building of all fixtures, fittings, services, windows and doors and to re-model and re-configure the kitchen, toilet and shower facilities, replace all heating pipework, replace all external cladding, all windows and doors, internally refurbish and redecorate throughout, and fit out each room with the specified fixtures and furniture.