22 November 2012

Celebrating the completion of the Abercrombie building and the first stage of the £132m redevelopment of the Headington Campus

A special event was organised by the University's Capital Projects team to mark progress in the campus redevelopment and the completion of the Abercrombie building. The highlight of the event was the official opening of the glass bridges by two of our current students.

Photos by Lilly Miekle

Tobi Fett and Shweta Soni, who have both provided significant support to the Student Redevelopment Group cut a ribbon and crossed one of the glass bridges for the first time. Other students took part as well - providing the music, entertainment and photography for the event.

The event was an opportunity to reflect on the work carried out by the project team and contractors as well as to celebrate the benefits this space offers for students. It represents just 20% of the total redevelopment, which will provide new library, teaching and catering facilities as well as a purpose-built home for Student Central, the Careers Centre and the Students’ Union.

Commenting at the event on the versatility of the extension, Luigi Scalera, Capital Projects Manager, said: ‘I am thrilled to see people using the atrium space, conversing, enjoying a bite to eat and a glass of wine. At an event like this, the building takes on a different feel. In the day the building is used by students and staff having a drink and a sandwich or finding a place for collaborative work in the Space to Think Lab. Now with canapés being served and piano music in the background, the building becomes a venue.’

Yannis Roussos, Capital Projects Director thanked the contractors for their work and rallied them for the challenges that phase two, the completion of the main library and teaching building, and phase three, the piazza, will bring.

This news item is addapted from the original piece published in Onstream Semester 1 Week 9 2012/13.