Oxford Brookes University

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Products: p100, p20
Service: Architectural Glass
Client: Oxford Brookes University
Sector: Education
Architect: Design Engine
Contractor: Laing O’Rourke
Location: Oxfordshire

Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University can trace its history back to 1865 and, like many universities, it has expanded to varying standards and designs over many years.

Laing O’Rourke approached Planet Partitioning for help refurbishing the Abercrombie building and fitting out a brand new, purpose-built structure adjoining it. The two buildings combined are now called the John Henry Brookes Building (JHBB), and provide a focus for the university’s core facilities, including the library, careers department and student union. As well as the department of Architecture, Property & Planning.

Our solution

The Abercrombie building’s old façade was removed and replaced with a timber one. Planet Partitioning installed a combination of standard and bespoke large atrium glazed panels within the new timber façade and, on the opposite side, a frameless atrium glazing, providing a striking visual contrast.

Planet Partitioning also provided and fitted bespoke internal architectural glass throughout both buildings, to meet structural and acoustic requirements in different locations.

Planet Partitioning used p100 double glazed partitioning and p20 relocatable single glazed partitioning in a wide range of formats throughout both buildings. For areas where sound attenuation was important, p100 double glazed partitioning at cellular soaces – and for rooms and offices requiring additional privacy, integrated venetian blinds. For communal areas, p20 XL reached to heights of over three metres still using the 27mm framework line.

Planet Partitioning also installed a range of fire-rated frameless screens throughout the buildings.

Project insights

Planet Partitioning worked with Design Engine architects to design different internal glazing solutions, to overcome challenges as the project progressed.

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Project highlights

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole Planet team for their contribution towards the Oxford Brookes University, Abercrombie Building Project. This was a multi-faceted and complicated design and Laing project team were impressed with the dedication and cooperation of Planet to design and deliver the correct atrium glazing solutions”.

Ian Jolliff Laing O'Rourke