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Willmott Dixon lands £60 million teaching and engineering buildings at Oxford Brookes University

29 March 2023
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Construction firm Willmott Dixon has been chosen by Oxford Brookes University to deliver two new buildings on its Headington Hill campus, which will provide cutting-edge, sustainable spaces for students, staff, researchers, partners and the wider community.

Procured using the Southern Construction Framework (SCF), the new buildings within a Grade II listed estate will house a new teaching block and faculty offices, alongside an engineering building, all designed to transform science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and creative activities on the campus.

Designed by ADP Architecture, the buildings will provide a new home for the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment at the University’s Headington Campus to deliver their vision of making and thinking through collaboration and collocation. Sustainable, flexible spaces for students, staff and researchers have been created following a collaborative approach to stakeholder consultation with the project team.

A social core at the heart of the three-storey teaching building will facilitate informal learning, encourage engagement and promote well-being. Alongside this, the purpose-built engineering workshop is designed to sit respectfully within the parkland conservation area of Headington Hill.

Jerry Woods, Director of Estates and Campus Services at Oxford Brookes University, said: "We are pleased Willmott Dixon has commenced work on two inspirational buildings for our Headington Campus. The new state-of-the-art labs, workshops, and teaching and social learning spaces will be transformational for our Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment.

“Together, the new teaching and workshop buildings will help our students, staff and researchers to flourish, boost local collaboration and meet the needs of business. It will also support the move of our remaining activity on the Wheatley Campus and play a key role in the University’s long-term estate vision.”

"This state-of-the-art facility will provide Oxford Brookes University with innovative facilities that allow their students and staff to meet the future requirements of industry and entrepreneurism. The sustainability credentials of this building indicate Oxford Brookes’ forward-thinking approach, and we are thrilled to be part of their journey."


Peter Davison is deputy editor of The Business Magazine. He has spent his life in journalism – doing work experience in newsrooms in and around Bristol while still at school, and landing his first job on a local newspaper aged 19. By 28 he was the youngest newspaper editor in the country.

An early advocate of online news, he spent the first years of the 2000s telling his bosses that the internet posed both the biggest opportunity and greatest threat to the newspaper industry and the art of journalism. He was right on both counts.

Since 2006 he has enjoyed a career as a freelance journalist. He lives in rural Wiltshire with one wife, two children, and three cats.

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