Mat DaviesOxford-Saïd Estate Director
Saïd Business School University of Oxford
Mat has responsibility for a team of approximately 160 operational staff, including many of the front facing service functions, along with a professional estates team who maintain the 27,000m2 Saïd Business School estate. Mat has direct responsibility as client representative for major capital projects, and also runs a construction project advisory consultancy.
Mat joined the Saïd Business School in 2001, opening the iconic £50m Dixon Jones building in the centre of Oxford, which has become the home of business education for the University of Oxford. From 2005-2012, Mat was the client representative in the development and delivery of a £28m (Dixon Jones) extension of the main building, which enabled the expansion of executive education programmes into the city centre site. From 2012-2015, Mat worked alongside the Blavatnik School of Government in a consultancy role to deliver the recently completed £55m Herzog de Meuron building. Mat’s current focus is on the conversion of Oxford’s original power station, a Victorian building dating from 1892, to create a residential learning centre for the Saïd Business School, working with architects John McAslan and Partners.
The principal areas of focus for Mat are: the creation of high performing learning spaces which will enable the buildings to respond to changes in pedagogy and technical delivery through the life of the building; responsible engineering – creating robust sustainable solutions whilst ensuring that buildings remain fit for purpose; delivering architecture and service infrastructure which add value to the learning experience, delivering competitive advantage.
8:50 AM Case Study: The Oxford Foundry: Overcoming Time and Cost Constraints to Create an Innovative Place of Collaboration
- Project drivers: Creating a space enabling entrepreneurially-minded people to meet, learn, collaborate, create new ventures and experiment
- The building: Converting a Victorian ice factory into a co-working space, accelerator, presentation area and a café
- How was this achieved with a tiny budget and incredibly tight timelines: Funding, consultation, design, procurement and delivery