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Design Engine completes Oxford Brookes School of Architecture

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[FIRST LOOK + DATA] Winchester-based Design Engine Architects has completed its Abercrombie Building project for Oxford Brookes University

Part of the first phase of the masterplan to redevelop Oxford Brookes’ Gipsy Lane Campus, the Abercrombie Building will be home to the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, bringing together the disciplines of architecture, planning and construction under one roof for the first time.

The faculty building consists of the part-refurbishment of a 1950s tower block with a four-storey extension linked by an open-sided atrium. This full-height space contains interconnecting circulation routes and is spanned by four glass walkways that connect the two buildings.

The ground floor of the building houses general university-wide functions including a gallery, café, internet bar and computer facilities with 4,800m² of open-plan work areas located on the upper floors.

Project data

Architect Design Engine
Client Oxford Brookes University
Quantity surveyor Turner and Townsend
Main contractor Laing O’Rourke
Interiors Design Engine Architects
Structural engineer Ramboll UK (formerly Whitbybird)
M&E engineer Grontmij
Acoustic consultant Sandy Brown Associates
Façade consultant Ramboll UK
Signage consultant Holmes Wood
Lighting consultant Speirs and Major
Access consultant QMP
Civil engineer Ramboll UK
Planning consultant West Waddy ADP

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