Foreword to the Estate Strategy 2013-2018
The University of Oxford’s buildings and estate are not only necessary for our academic work, but also contribute to Oxford’s reputation as a City of learning, heritage and culture. They form a vital part of the rich architecture of the City and are a beautiful environment for the life of visitors and Oxford residents, as well as for students and staff of the University. Our buildings range from the Divinity School (1424) to the Andrew Wiles Building (completed in September 2013), which is the new home for the University’s Mathematical Institute. Maintaining, improving and developing the estate are necessary in order to continue to support academic endeavour and achievement and maintain Oxford’s reputation as a world class university.
In this Estate Strategy, the University has set out its high-level objectives together with the challenges that it may face over the coming years. It has been developed through an extensive process of consultation, and reflects the desire of those within and outside the University for our estate to properly meet our needs and to continue to add to the built heritage of the region. The Estate Strategy sets challenging targets for improving the condition and functional suitability of our buildings and for having a positive impact on the environment – achieving these will continue to require substantial financial and human resources. With this new Strategy, appropriate investment can be properly targeted and I look forward to seeing continued improvement and development of an estate which, for the academic community, is a joy to work in and, for others, is a joy to look upon and visit.
Professor Roger Ainsworth, Chairman, Buildings and Estates Sub-committee
Professor William James, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning & Resources)