20 January 2023

Clive Booth Student Village starts on site

The MICA team visited at Clive Booth Student Village site earlier this month to inspect progress at the early stages of construction.

The redevelopment of the Clive Booth Student Village is an exciting development which will create a unique ‘living and learning’ environment for Oxford Brookes University students.
The design features twelve sensitively designed buildings that cascade through the woodland setting close to campus and Headington Hill Park. The village will provide a healthy and vibrant setting in which to live and study.

The construction of the village will be phased with the first student rooms delivered during the 2023/2024 academic year, with the next four buildings following shortly thereafter.

MICA appraised a range of superstructure materials and types for the development, including steel frame, timber and concrete constructions. For buildings 1-9 insitu concrete frames are the preferred option. The main floor and roof slabs of Buildings C through L consist of concrete structural columns and slabs, shear walls to the cores, clad in a brick manufactured in West Sussex. The use of concrete and the framed nature of the buildings will maximise future flexibility and therefore longevity as the frames will be assets to be kept and refurbished should the interior requirements change. The structural design for the project has been developed to minimise environmental impact by providing a highly efficient structural frame solution that minimises unnecessary weight and structure from the building design.

The ground floor slab of Building E is complete, and the first floor structure is currently underway, while Building F ground floor structure is following closely behind. The piling rig is progressing around the south side of the site, carefully negotiating around the Category A trees that are protected from construction activity by construction exclusion zones. Two tower cranes have already been erected, with another two to follow in the coming months.

The MICA team is heavily engaged with the main contractor Morgan Sindall and their excellent supply chain, working through the cost and inflation issues to ensure that a set of high quality buildings and long term assets to improve student experience for Oxford Brookes University is delivered on time and on budget.

Click here to read more about the project proposals.

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