Estates Services

Estates Services enquiries number: 01865 (2)78750
Fax: 01865 (2)78792



Postal address: Estates Services, The Malthouse, Tidmarsh Lane, Oxford, OX1 1NQ

Director of Estates: Paul Goffin
PA to the Director of Estates: Barbara Wright

Estates Services is responsible for the management and strategic development of the University’s functional and commercial estate comprising 443 buildings and the infrastructure associated with them. The University’s functional estate covers 262 buildings – and spaces between them – that are used for specialist research, teaching laboratories and lecture halls, sports facilities, libraries and museums, and administrative and ceremonial activities. 181 other properties in and around Oxford form the commercial estate which includes accommodation for the University’s graduate students as well as office space, warehouses, and agricultural land and property.

The day-to-day responsibilities of Estates Services include: the management of the University’s capital building programme – aimed at delivering world-class new buildings; planned and reactive repairs and maintenance including upkeep of some of the finest buildings in the city; facilities management for a growing number of University buildings and departments; the provision of key central services such as the mail room and reprographics services; maintaining a safe and secure physical environment for staff, students and visitors; the allocation of space for departmental use; property acquisitions, disposals and leases; managing accommodation for graduate students; conserving Wytham Woods and the University Parks, and managing gardens and landscapes across the estate; developing and implementing carbon reduction strategies across the University, and helping staff and students to make sustainable workplace and travel choices.

The Director of Estates reports to the Registrar and works in close liaison with the Chairman of BESC, the Director of Finance, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources), the Divisional Heads and a wide range of officers in UAS. Given the extent of the capital programme, a key area of activity is the development of relationships with local and regional planning authorities.

Profile of the Director of Estates

Paul Goffin became Director of Estates on 5 March 2012. Before joining Oxford, he was Director of Estates at the University of Leicester, a post he held since August 2006. As Director, he was responsible for the programming and coordination of the University’s £100m capital building programme and for the management of over 300 buildings and 68 hectares of grounds through a team of 380 estates and facilities staff.

Prior to joining the University of Leicester in 2001, he worked for Warwickshire County Council Property Services Department, first as Deputy Area Surveyor, then Building Services Support Manager and finally Development Manager. In the latter post he was responsible for the provision of professional services to manage and programme the council’s £30m capital building programme.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.