Planning application submitted for Swift Tower

Published: 29 Aug 18     Category: Other Top Stories
The RSPB has applied for planning permission for the proposed Swift Tower in the University Parks – a project the University has been closely involved with through teams including University Parks and Environmental Sustainability.

Science Transit Shuttle launches e-ticketing

Published: 16 Aug 18     Category: Other Top Stories
The Science Transit Shuttle team has launched electronic ticketing, so users no longer need to buy paper tickets before making a journey.

Marston Meadows cycle path to close for two-day repairs in September

Published: 14 Aug 18     Category: Other Top Stories
The Marston Meadows cycle path that runs down the side of Linacre College from South Parks Road to the bridge into Mesopotamia will be closed for two days of resurfacing work next month.

Building our Future – new web pages

Published: 17 Jul 18     Category: Other Top Stories
A new area has been launched on the University’s website about its estate. Called Building our Future, the new pages provide information about the University’s estate within the context of the City of Oxford and describe its contribution to the life of Oxford residents and visitors, as both neighbour and custodian.

Plan Bee offers lifeline for Oxfordshire’s solitary bees

Published: 22 May 18     Category: Other Top Stories
The University has launched a new and exciting conservation initiative with the aim of providing much-needed accommodation for Oxford’s solitary bees. The bees are vital pollinators but numbers of many species are dwindling, and one of the main reasons is loss of suitable habitat due to factors like climate change and shifts in how we farm the land.

Ginkgo gates open

Published: 13 Apr 18     Category: Other Top Stories
The University Parks have a splendid new entrance after work finished to install decorative iron gates opposite the Department of Materials on Parks Road.

Boiler House 3 now working as normal again

Published: 02 Mar 18     Category: Other Top Stories
The problems being experienced earlier in the day at Boiler House 3 have now been resolved.

Problems at Boiler House 3

Published: 02 Mar 18     Category: Other Top Stories
There are significant problems at Boiler House 3, which provides heating for several buildings in the Keble Triangle area including the Denys Wilkinson, Thom and Holder buildings.

Estates Services News published

Published: 20 Feb 18     Category: Other Top Stories
The latest issue of the termly customer newsletter Estates Services News has been published, and can be accessed online.

Temporary closure of Keble Gates

Published: 27 Feb 18     Category: Other Top Stories
Work is starting on 1 March to remove the Keble Gates from their current location leading into the University Parks from Parks Road. During the work, the entrance will be closed, starting at 9am on Wednesday 1 March until the morning of Saturday 3 March, when it will open again as normal.

Holywell Millstream Bridge re-opens

Published: 01 Feb 18     Category: Other Top Stories
The Holywell Millstream Bridge between the University Parks and Mesopotamia is once again open to the public after extensive refurbishment by Estates Services staff.

Christmas Closure Notice

Published: 18 Dec 17     Category: Other Top Stories
We would like to advise and remind our customers of the service cover arrangements that will be in place during the University’s closure period from Friday 22 December to Tuesday 2 January inclusive.

Estates Services launches customer survey

Published: 14 Nov 17     Category: Other Top Stories
Estates Services is conducting its annual survey of customer satisfaction.

University supports call for a safer Oxford for cyclists

Published: 02 Nov 17     Category: Other Top Stories
The University of Oxford’s Sustainability Steering Group and the Chair of the Buildings Estates Sub-Committee today agreed to endorse the Claudia Charter, which sets out a vision to make Oxford a safer city to cycle in.

New entrance for University Parks

Published: 30 Oct 17     Category: Other Top Stories
A project to install a new set of decorative iron gates will improve access to the University Parks.

Parks bridge refurbishment gets underway

Published: 24 Oct 17     Category: Other Top Stories
Preparatory work started this week on the refurbishment of the Holywell Millstream bridge between the University Parks and Mesopotamia.

Estates Services News – latest issue

Published: 10 Oct 17     Category: Other Top Stories
The latest issue (9) of our termly online customer bulletin – Estates Services News – is now available. Find out about our progress on key initiatives and projects in seven categories:

Broad Street junction works will improve safety

Published: 26 Sep 17     Category: Other Top Stories
The University has worked with local government to remove the defunct traffic signals and install a raised table across the junction of Broad Street, Holywell Street and Parks Road. This will help reduce vehicle car speeds, making the junction safer and more pleasant to use for cyclists and pedestrians.

Poetry on Parks pond

Published: 15 Sep 17     Category: Other Top Stories
Professor Clark Lunberry of the University of North Florida has created a temporary art and poetry installation in the University Parks by installing words floating on the surface of the pond next to Lazenbee’s Ground.

New Wytham Woods website launched

Published: 16 Aug 17     Category: Other Top Stories
The website for Wytham Woods was re-launched today, making it far more attractive, usable and informative.

New Science Transit Shuttle route launches

Published: 15 May 17     Category: Other Top Stories
The Science Transit Shuttle (STS) minibus service today expands to take in a third route – and to encourage take-up, trips on it will initially be free.

Green Impact moves to next level

Published: 05 May 17     Category: Other Top Stories
This year’s Green Impact scheme has moved into its next phase, with the submission of the online workbooks that participants use to track their progress in building a more sustainable University.

WARPit springs into action to pass £100k mark

Published: 29 Mar 17     Category: Other Top Stories
WARPit, the University of Oxford’s re-use portal, has just passed a major milestone – it has now diverted items worth a total of £100,000 from landfill, and continues to grow strongly. The portal is designed to put people with unwanted equipment in touch with others who need it, saving money and reducing wasted resources.

Film showcases 2016 highlights

Published: 12 Jan 17     Category: Other Top Stories
2016 was a memorable year for Oxford University Estates Services, as demonstrated by a recent film setting out a few of our greatest successes.

CSE success for Space, Options & Information

Published: 12 Jan 17     Category: Other Top Stories
The Space, Options & Information team – part of Asset & Space Management – has become the latest part of Estates Services to be accredited under the Customer Service Excellence (CSE) standard.

Estates Services News – latest issue

Published: 08 Nov 16     Category: Other Top Stories
The latest issue (7) of our termly online customer bulletin – Estates Services News – is now available.

Vice Chancellor helps celebrate new nursery

Published: 05 Aug 16     Category: Other Top Stories
A new nursery has been opened at the University’s Old Road campus by Vice Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson.

The latest issue of our termly online customer bulletin – Estates Services News – is now available.

Published: 24 Jun 16     Category: Other Top Stories
The latest issue of our termly online customer bulletin – Estates Services News – is now available.

Abandoned bikes

Published: 13 Jun 16     Category: Other Top Stories
Security Services successfully removed more than 50 abandoned bicycles during the last cull in May 2016

E-bikes and new stations added to bike share network

Published: 18 May 16     Category: Other Top Stories
OXONBIKE, the popular bike share network in Oxford, has added e-bikes (electric power assisted bicycles) to its existing pedal bike fleet, to become the first scheme in the UK to offer both types of bikes.

New shuttle bus service to link science campuses

Published: 27 Apr 16     Category: Other Top Stories
A new shuttle bus service linking the University’s science area with Harwell Science and Innovation Campus and the Old Road Campus in Headington is to begin in July.

Repairs and maintenance teams achieve Customer Service Excellence

Published: 15 Apr 16     Category: Other Top Stories
Our Repairs and Maintenance teams have become the most recent sections of Estates Services to be accredited to Customer Service Excellence (CSE). The nationally-recognised CSE standard comprises 57 elements relating to areas such as customer insight, culture, service delivery and quality of customer service.

Oxford College Gardens

Published: 21 Oct 15     Category: Other Top Stories
University Parks, along with 20 gardens tended by the Parks team, feature in a recently published hardback book titled Oxford College Gardens by Tim Richardson.

University joins Considerate Constructors’ Scheme

Published: 14 Oct 15     Category: Other Top Stories
The University has become a Client Partner of the prestigious Considerate Constructors’ Scheme, which aims to improve the image of the construction industry by promoting and achieving best practice as set out under its code.

Estates Services Satisfaction Survey 2015

Published: 12 Oct 15     Category: Other Top Stories
The Estates Services' annual satisfaction survey is now live. We are keen to hear your feedback about our service delivery over the last 12 months.

Rooting for Wytham

Published: 28 Sep 15     Category: Other Top Stories

Project funding available for winning carbon reduction ideas

Published: 25 Sep 15     Category: Other Top Stories
University staff and students are being invited to offer their ideas about innovative ways in which the University can reduce its carbon footprint.

European Investment loan to boost expansion programme

Published: 23 Sep 15     Category: Other Top Stories
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide £200 million for the University’s programme of improvement and expansion of research and teaching facilities. This represents the largest ever single loan for university investment by Europe’s long-term lending institution.

Customer Service Excellence (CSE) success for Facilities Management

Published: 23 Sep 15     Category: Other Top Stories
The Estates Services Facilities Management team has received accreditation to the nationally-recognised Customer Service Excellence (CSE) standard.

Oxford University remains one of the safest places to study

Published: 15 Sep 15     Category: Other Top Stories
The latest University City Crime Statistics for England and Wales, ranking the safest and riskiest universities for student-related crimes, have recently been updated by the Complete University Guide. The Guide is based on a study of official police data dated between May 2014 and April 2015.

Student Switch Off

Published: 05 Jun 15     Category: Other Top Stories
Student Switch Off, an energy-saving campaign for students has just completed its second year, with first prize going to Queen’s College, and Mansfield and St Anne’s coming a very close second and third.

Estates Services web feedback survey

Published: 18 Mar 15     Category: Other Top Stories
Your web user experience is important to us and we are constantly looking at ways to improve.

WARPit re-use scheme delivers savings

Published: 25 Feb 15     Category: Other Top Stories
Membership of our new WARPit, managed by the Environmental Sustainability team, is proving popular across the University with over 150 people now signed up to use it.

Graduate Accommodation Office relocates to city centre

Published: 17 Feb 15     Category: Other Top Stories
The Graduate Accommodation Office has moved to 6 Worcester Street from its previous base in Summertown.

Sustainability initiatives showcased at World Economic Forum

Published: 03 Feb 15     Category: Other Top Stories
Estates Services’ Environmental Sustainability team’s work on the Green Impact and Student Switch Off initiatives was included in a report that was shared with delegates at the recent high profile World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters.

Reuse and recycle with WARPit

Published: 14 Jan 15     Category: Other Top Stories
Are you looking for a good home for unwanted items?

Estates Services News – latest issue

Published: 14 Jan 15     Category: Other Top Stories
The latest issue (3) of our termly online customer bulletin – Estates Services News – is now available.

Spirit of Christmas

Published: 08 Dec 14     Category: Other Top Stories
The Sheldonian Theatre played host to the annual Spirit of Christmas concert on Wednesday 3 December.

University and City Council to consider shared heat networks

Published: 22 Feb 16     Category: Other Top Stories

Security Services – crime figures

Published: 15 Oct 14     Category: Other Top Stories
Security Services sold its 1,000th bike D-lock at the UAS Conference on 1 October, but has now sold over 1250 in total. To celebrate, the team gave the lock free-of-charge to Joanne Cave, a second year Master’s student at St Johns College. University staff and students can purchase a lock at the discounted price of £15 – call the team on (2) 72944 for more details.

Access Guide map

Published: 15 Oct 14     Category: Other Top Stories
The Conservation & Buildings team has been working with IT Services to provide a new searchable map of the University to help visitors, staff and students to find their way around.

Wytham Woods hits the small screen

Published: 15 Oct 14     Category: Other Top Stories
Episode two of Ray Mears’ Wilderness Walks series (ITV 14 October) featured a canoe journey along the River Thames during which Ray camps in Wytham Woods, described as ‘one of the world’s most precious and exclusive woodlands’.

Estates library move to SERS

Published: 15 Oct 14     Category: Other Top Stories
The Estates Services library has completed a move to a dedicated space within the SERS Building at Osney Mead. Over the summer, this former warehouse space has been fitted out from scratch to create a single, comprehensive reference library for all the properties in the functional and commercial estate, enabling the existing archive to be moved from cramped space at the Malthouse.

Ashmolean lighting

Published: 15 Oct 14     Category: Other Top Stories
The Electrical Services team has begun a £350,000 project to install 2,000 LEDs to replace the existing inefficient spotlights at the Ashmolean Museum.

University submits Castle Mill Environmental Statement

Published: 30 Oct 14     Category: Other Top Stories
The University submitted its Environmental Statement on the graduate accommodation at Castle Mill to Oxford City Council on 30 October 2014. This is to be followed by a seven-week period of public consultation (closing on 19 December) to allow everyone in the city to consider all the issues the report raises.

Hans Kreb Tower demolition

Published: 15 Oct 14     Category: Other Top Stories
The Hans Kreb Tower in the Science Area is being demolished to make way for a new state-of-the-art building to house interdisciplinary research in the Biosciences including Physiology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Clinical Neurosciences.