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Campus Timeline:
The Oculus (2016)

The Oculus is our £19m flagship teaching and learning building, constructed in a key position on central campus. There are two large, state-of-the-art, tiered lecture theatres, 12 other top quality, flexible teaching spaces, study areas and a café. Along with teaching, academic and student-run events will be the priority here and we look forward to seeing how our campus community makes creative use of this new facility.
  • Premier 500 and 250 seat lecture theatres.
  • 12 top quality, flexible teaching spaces.
  • Innovative social learning and network spaces.
  • 4-screen video wall and advanced audio-visual technology
  • Integration of internal and external dedicated social learning spaces.

Lecture theatres and rooms

One of the lecture theatres is the largest on campus with 500 seats, a spectacular timber roof and excellent charging point facilities for laptops and other devices. Of the 4 teaching rooms on the ground floor, 3 open out into the landscaped area outside the building, providing a unique experience for those studying.


In the central atrium you’ll find a four-screen video wall. We use this for a range of art displays, timetables of upcoming activity in the building and live-streams of lectures and other events in the main lecture theatres. There are high-tech features elsewhere in the building, with electronic screens outside each room showing availability and interactive digital boards to help with wayfinding.


The building is exemplary in its environmental credentials. Tests indicate that it will perform well above our already high standards for sustainability in new buildings. We’ve put a great deal of time and effort into landscaping the area around the building too, aiming to create beautiful outdoor spaces to complement those indoors.

Essential Information

Start & Finish dates April 2015 to October 2016
Funded by University of Warwick
Budget £18.8 million
Requested by University of Warwick
Managed by Estates Office/Pick Everard
Architects BGS
Quantity Surveyors Pick Everard
Mechanical Engineers DBS
Electrical Engineers DBS
Structural Engineers CWA
Main Contractor Willmott Dixon
Landscaping Willmott Dixon


Basic Building Cost £1,418.96/m2
Services Costs £637.91/m2
External Works £220.72/m2
Gross Floor Area 4,603m2
Total Area of Site 0.7439 hectares
Function Areas and Their Size 3,269m2
Area of Storage 65m2
Area of Circulation 1,229m2
% of Ground Used by Community TBC %
% of Buildings Used by Community TBC %
Electricity Consumption 66.71kWhrs/m2
Fossil Fuel Consumption 30.75kWhrs/m2
Low Carbon Energy Generation TBC kWhrs/m2
Water use 1.94m3/year
% Rainwater/greywater 0% of total Water
Steps taken to reduce environmental impact BREEAM Excellent and EPC A rating. Natural daylight optimisation, retained trees and additional planting.