Facilities

FACILITIES

The Abercrombie building was opened in the summer of 2012 and it is where the School of the Built Environment is based. Students in the school benefit from brand-new, purpose-built facilities and an inspiring working environment. The building houses learning spaces connected by glass walkways spanning an expansive full-height atrium, making the School of the Built Environment a vibrant, design-focused place to learn. We bring all the professional disciplines together making for a really exciting academic atmosphere.

The students benefit from a dedicated lecture theatre and computer lab. The computer room is used to teach students how to analyse and assess investment and construction projects to determine viability. Students are also taught state of the art modelling to analyse risk using the probabilistic approach, which is often used in practice. Students use Crystal Ball, a software package, to gain hands-on experience of using this approach to assess risks of financial models.

Construction students also have access to various Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools such as Revit, Synchro and Vico that provide hands-on experience of the issues of managing projects through BIM, which will become industry standard for all public construction contracts from April 2016.

In addition to the computer suites, construction students also have access to the construction technology laboratory in the John Payne building. Here students learn the engineering properties of construction materials and have the opportunity to undertake further technology based research.

We aim to help students develop to their full potential not only as planning, urban design, property and construction professionals but also as individuals with the ability to create solutions and thrive on the challenges of rapidly changing environments. We use a wide range of teaching approaches from traditional lectures, seminars and tutorials to eLearning, studio-based teaching in our own purpose built studio, workshop based practical work, demonstrations and site visits, role-play simulations, problem-solving exercises, group projects and more.

Our real estate and construction courses have strong links with all the principal real estate consultancy and construction firms, developers and investors. Visiting speakers often come to the University to present in our state of the art facilities.

Live case studies play a big part in how we teach planning and urban design - we have strong links with local authorities, developers and the leisure industry - and you'll see developments in Oxford and further afield through fresh eyes as they become part of your learning experience.