Oxford Brookes Health and Life Sciences building

£6.25m remodelling for Oxford Brookes Health and Life Sciences building

The Wantage team has been awarded a £6.25 million contract to remodel and refurbish Oxford Brookes University’s Sinclair Building into a modern teaching, research and study space for the University’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.

Stepnell will be remodelling internal space across three of the Sinclair building’s five storeys, plus the roof and basement. The project, which aims to improve the 1970s-built building’s spatial and environmental efficiency, will provide ten main laboratories plus preparation and test spaces, two computer laboratories and 34 open-plan offices with associated meeting and interview rooms. 

Oxford-based BGS Architects have designed the building’s new modern look to complement and blend with other Headington campus buildings. The refurbishment will make use of natural ventilation and daylight which is unusual for laboratory design.

Due for completion in August 2019, the project follows the recent remodelling of the building’s first and second floors and Annex into modern teaching and research spaces.

“We are excited to be starting work on this scheme which will create flexible working environments for Oxford Brookes’ students in line with modern higher education design,” says Andrew Hill, senior contracts manager. “As the building will remain in use during the construction, we will be working closely with the University to ensure that the construction causes minimal disruption to day-to-day academic activities.”

Stepnell won the contract through the University’s construction framework to upgrade campus facilities over four years, which comes as part of a larger, ten-year investment programme to refurbish and redevelop Oxford Brookes’ estate. 

The Sinclair refurbishment is Stepnell’s second project through the framework and follows a scheme currently underway to refurbish several buildings across the Wheatley campus.