8 December 2014

Amenities Building Public Consultation 5 and 6 December

proposed Amenities Building

The University held the third in a series of public consultation events on its proposed development at the Old Road/Park Hospital campus in Headington on Friday 5 December and Saturday 6 December.

The presentation boards from the event can be viewed here: Public Consultation Boards - 6/7 Dec 2014 (27,572kb) and click here to complete a feedback form which will be available until Monday 22 December. 

This event focused on:

  • the design and use of the proposed Amenities building, in particular its external appearance and associated landscaping
  • the facilities it will contain, including the Oxford BioEscalator innovation centre, teaching/meeting rooms, Distribution Centre, car parking, gym and café/restaurant

The information also included:

  • feedback from the second event in the series held in May
  • an update on the progress being made since May


The University of Oxford was granted Outline Planning Permission for its proposed development at the Old Road/Park Hospital campus in July 2013.

Outline planning permission (City Council Reference 12/02072/OUT) provided for:

  • demolition of existing buildings
  • outline planning permission (including details of access) for the development of 48,000 sq m of research floor space and ancillary facilities (Use Class D1) on two to five storeys on five building plots as an extension to the University of Oxford Old Road Campus
  • provision of 459 car parking spaces, cycle parking, hard and soft landscaping and boundary treatment’

Public Consultation

The first in an associated series of public consultation events was held on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 March 2014 at the Old Road Campus Research Building, off Roosevelt Drive, Headington. 120 University staff and 80 members of the public attended. The presentation featured:

  • an update on the Masterplan for the Old Road Campus and Park Hospital sites
  • initial proposals for the Big Data Institute (BDI) building, including shape, size, height and appearance
  • initial proposals for the shape of the Amenities Building
  • proposed use for the BDI and Amenities buildings
  • arrangements for providing temporary accommodation and car parking during construction work
  • plans for dealing with transport and environmental issues
  • timetable for submission of reserved matters and commencement of construction works, subject to approval

A second public consultation took place on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 May 2014, which included more detailed design proposals for the proposed BDI building, in particular its external appearance and associated landscaping areas. 87 University staff and 33 members of the public attended.

Visitors to both events were invited to provide feedback and an online survey was available for a further two weeks following each event.

The new buildings

  • The Big Data Institute (BDI) will develop approaches for generating, storing and analysing large datasets in medical science for a better understanding of human disease and its treatment
  • The Amenities building will house a number of facilities serving the Old Road Campus as a whole, including car parking and the Oxford BioEscalator (as part of the Government’s City Deal initiative), which will encourage innovative spin outs to become sustainable bioscience and medical businesses.

Existing buildings on the Old Road Campus

These two additional buildings will add to the range of medical research buildings:

  • The Wellcome Trust for Human Genetics
  • The Henry Wellcome Building for Particle Imaging
  • The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Physiology
  • The Richard Doll building
  • The Old Road Campus Research Building
  • The Kennedy Institute for Rheumatology
  • The NDM new Research Building
  • The Rosemary Rue (to be demolished to enable BDI construction) and New Richards building

Your comments

For queries or comment, please email: bdi.amenities@admin.ox.ac.uk