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University plans for new building

Artist's impression of new building
The surrounding public square will display artworks

Plans to transform Oxford Brookes University's Headington campus are going on display.

The futuristic, glass-fronted student centre will be the centrepiece of the 150m campus redevelopment programme.

It will house a new lecture theatre, students' union, library, computing facilities and study space.

The building will allow access to all facilities under one roof, a spokesman said. The university said there were no plans to increase student intake.

Rex Knight, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said: "This building has been three years in the planning and has involved considerable consultation with staff, students and the community.

"I am sure that it will not only transform the experience students have at Brookes, but also be an exciting addition to the architectural landscape of Oxford.

Public art

"The new student centre is about providing much more than just a new lecture theatre and library - it's about creating inspiring spaces that integrate learning, technology and collaborative working.

"We have seen in other universities how an investment in buildings can revolutionise the way students learn."

The university said it was intended to encourage students to spend more time on campus sharing ideas, working in groups and developing new skills.

The student centre will sit in a new public square, which will act as a "highly visible" venue for public art, said the university.

It is hoped the centre will also reduce the university's carbon footprint and officials said it was designed to achieve one of the highest ratings for environmental standards.

Plans can be seen for a week from Saturday 15 November in the Buckley Building on Gipsy Lane.

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