His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales opened the new wing of the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford on 4 February 2013.
He met with faculty and students of the School, before unveiling a plaque to commemorate the occasion.
Professor Peter Tufano, Dean of the Saïd Business School, said: ‘Our community aims to tackle some of the major challenges the world is encountering. I’m honoured that His Royal Highness is very interested in our work and sees its importance to the well-being and growth of the business sector and the economy as a whole.
‘Our new state-of-the-art facilities represent a new and exciting stage in the School’s development. We are establishing a new model for business education, one in which we conduct research into some of the most vexing problems facing business, and use this intellectual leadership to develop future leaders that are able to solve some of the most difficult challenges of the twenty-first century. This new building will be a great asset as we expand our teaching and further integrate executive education, degree programmes and research.’
The new wing, completed in summer 2012, has been designed by the architects Dixon Jones, who created the School’s original building. It provides three lecture theatres with translation booths, large flexible classrooms, and 18 boardroom-style meeting spaces.
The building is also designed to be fully sustainable, with a number of green credentials including geothermal energy for heating and cooling, rainwater harvesting to flush toilets, and solar energy contributing to water heating. It even includes a green roof to collect rainwater.
After his visit to the School, Prince Charles also visited St Stephen’s House, where he met staff, students and ordinands. A plaque to mark the royal visit was installed in the Church of St John the Evangelist, which has recently opened to the public as a performance venue called SJE Arts.