In February 2013, the new wing of the Said Business School was officially opened by HRH the Prince of Wales. Designed by leading architects, Dixon Jones, the building adjoins the Business School’s original building next to Oxford’s railway station. It offers a large variety of teaching and meeting facilities, finished and furnished to the highest of standards. The three floors of formal and informal meeting spaces and breakout rooms are supported by a full complement of technical and catering services.
HRH the Prince of Wales meets the Said family on arrival at the School
Highlights include three oak-panelled Harvard-style lecture theatres (seating 76, with purpose-built translation booths for simultaneous lecture translation), three large flexible classrooms (seating 45-75), and 18 board-room style meeting spaces (each seating eight). At the heart of the building is a large Club Room with a bar, lounge space, terrace and views down to the garden. Banquet or buffet dining is available in three second-floor private dining rooms with panoramic views over Oxford’s dreaming spires.
HRH the Prince of Wales discussing the design of the School’s buildings with their architect, Edward Jones
The building has excellent green credentials and is highly sustainable, using geothermal energy for heating and cooling, rainwater harvesting to flush toilets, and solar energy contributing to water heating. It includes a green roof which aids biodiversity and collects rainwater.
The new facilities augment the existing teaching and conference facilities in the original Park End Street building which include a 300 seat auditorium and 400 seat external amphitheatre. The Said Foundation donated over half of the costs of the new building.