- Oxford Brookes Uninversity
- Design Stage
Careful stitching of old and new infrastructure and facilities
The existing campus at Wheatley has grown over time in a piecemeal fashion and consists of a mixture of tired original buildings, vacant houses and more recent teaching blocks. The wider site, however, consists of a strong topography, natural landscape features, and historical routes alongside formal sports pitches – which combine to form a beautiful setting.
The busy A40 duel-carriageway runs parallel to the South of the site, and this currently has an impact on the character of the campus. This Design Engine proposal introduces a perimeter pedestrian-priority access road around the campus, acting as a buffer from the A40 and with a new access from the west, removing traffic from the village. Cars are further removed from the heart of the campus through discrete landscaped car courts built into natural site levels.
Central to the new outline masterplan is a new split-level conference centre with dedicated parking and residential accommodation overlooking the parkland setting. Other new Academic and Student Accommodation buildings combine to form terraced courtyards around existing landscape features and trees.