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Earth removal underway at BiochemistryNew Biochemistry Building, North Elevation

Work continues on the completion of the Biochemistry building, which started in late 2018. 241 piles are complete, propping has been constructed, and the removal of tens of thousands of cubic metres of earth is now underway. This will create the space for the building’s planned two-storey basement.
Everyone based in the area or passing through it should be vigilant when moving around the site and heed warning signs. A large volume of construction traffic will continue to move to and from the site, which is an extremely constrained one in the middle of the Science Area.

Design team and funding unveiled for Tinbergen replacement

The University has unveiled plans for the new structure that will replace the Tinbergen building after the latter’s demolition, allocating £192m of capital funding and appointing a lead architect and design team for the project.
The provisionally-named Centre for Life and Mind Sciences will be the largest building project the University has ever undertaken and will transform the way psychological and biological science is undertaken at Oxford. It will be home to the Departments of Experimental Psychology, Plant Sciences and Zoology.

The University has appointed NBBJ as lead architect for the project, supported by engineering firms Ramboll and Hoare Lea. The funding already assigned to the project is expected to be supplemented by money from donors.
The new building will provide the three departments based there with exceptional teaching and research facilities, as well as creating new opportunities for public engagement and forming the centre of an exciting new area of public space that will act as a gateway to the Science Area.

Preliminary discussions are being held with Oxford City Council and will continue during 2019. The NBBJ team are now starting work on a concept design, which will form the basis of the first of two public consultations in the summer. Meanwhile, work continues on removing the asbestos in the building ahead of demolition; building services and all non-structural elements have already been stripped out.

IDRM moves closer to construction at Old RoadArtist's impression of proposed IDRM

Plans to create the new Institute for Developmental and Regenerative Medicine (IDRM) in one of the last vacant plots at Old Road Campus have moved onto the next phase, with a public consultation exercise in early February to allow local people and other stakeholders to share their views on the proposals.

The IDRM is planned to bring together more than 200 world-leading researchers to tackle pressing questions in the fields of developmental biology and regenerative medicine, which have been identified as scientific priorities for the UK. It is part of the wider Masterplan for development of the Old Road Campus. The public consultation closed in late February; the responses received are now being collated and will be taken into account in producing updated design proposals.

Three architects appointed under Capital Projects Partner Framework

Three architectural firms – NBBJ, Stantec and Scott Tallon-Walker – have been appointed as design team leads under the Capital Projects Partner Framework. Launched in early 2018, the Framework is intended to improve quality and value for money of major new buildings by enabling the University to work more closely with a small number of carefully-chosen key suppliers in construction and design. The three firms competed for the first project under the Framework –architect and lead designer for the redevelopment of the Tinbergen site – with NBBJ winning the contract. 

Status of major projects


  • DPAG laboratory refurbishment for the Molnar group at the Le Gros Clark Building. Completed in October 2018.
  • Richard Doll Building refurbishment to provide teaching space and improvements to the reception and atrium areas. Completed in November 2018.
  • Workshop and lab for Zoology, Wytham - provision of a new workshop and also the Marion Stamp Dawkins Laboratory (a fish, insect and bird research lab) at Wytham, following the closure of Tinbergen. Completed September 2018.

Completion due during 2019

  • Dyson Perrins – work started in September 2017 to adapt existing space to accommodate new equipment for the Archaeology department. Final works to create suitable environmental conditions for the new equipment is ongoing and due to finish in April 2019. Project Manager: Adam Evershed, Ridge.
  • Rowing Tanks Expansion at Iffley Road – Project was paused due to unexpected services onsite necessitating design changes. Remobilisation is expected shortly. Project Manager: Nick Mullineux, TMD.
  • Wolfson Building - New Neurosciences Research Facility – Construction is continuing to progress, PC expected in May 2019. Project Manager: Peter Turner, CPC
  • Wytham Chalet refurbishment – contractors are on site with an expected completion date of April 2019. Project Manager: Catherine Atkinson, Turner & Townsend.
  • 1-4 Keble Road Refurbishment – Doctoral Training Centre relocation to enable creation of Energy Storage research facility in Rex Richards Building. Completion is due in Q3 2019; completion of the Rex Richards project is expected Q1 2020. Project Manager: Nick Mullineux, TMD.
  • Southwell Building compressor housing – extension for engineering turbine testing facility. Completion is expected Q2 2019. Project Manager: Nick Mullineux, TMD.
  • Biochemistry Completion, Science Area – Contractor has commenced works onsite with piling complete and excavation and propping commenced. Estimated completion Q4 2020. Project manager: Jon Odell, CPC
  • Castle Mill graduate accommodation – building and landscaping improvement works are ongoing and work is due to complete in March 2020. Project manager: Jon Odell, CPC.

At planning and design stages

  • Humanities on the ROQ – the pre-feasibility study for a new Humanities building is being reviewed following revisions to the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter site masterplan. Project manager: Matt Eaton, PDCM.
  • IDRM (Institute of Developmental and Regenerative Medicine) design development is continuing. Expected to complete Q1 2021. Project Manager: Oliver Banister, Ridge.
  • Osney Power Station refurbishment for Saïd Business School – planning application has been submitted and the project team is continuing to finalise the design. Expected completion Q3 2022. Project Manager: Jolyon Price, Ridge.
  • Tinbergen Redevelopment – Asbestos removal and soft strip is continuing and expected to finish in December 2019. The design team for the new building has been appointed - NBBJ is lead architect with engineering support from Ramboll and Hoare Lea. Project Director: Tim Crow, Arup. Project Managers: Holly Mee (Arup) and Richard Todd and Toby Johnson (Bidwells).
  • Radcliffe Science Library refurbishment – Discussions are ongoing regarding the provision of the University’s 39th graduate college. Project Manager: Viv Barnard, CPC. Cyclotron installation – procurement and installation of a cyclotron to complement the existing radiopharmacy research facility. Estimated completion is Q3 2020. Project Manager: Richard Todd, Bidwells.

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