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Status of major projects


  • Zoology computer teaching suite – based in the Plant Sciences building, South Parks Road. Completed in October 2017.
  • Tinsley Building – ground floor fit-out for Experimental Psychology. The project completed in October.
  • Medawar Building – refurbishment to create lab and office space for the Zoology Department. Works finished in November 2017.
  • Modular teaching labs – based on the University Club sports field site, these were completed in November 2017 for Biological Sciences and Biochemistry teaching.
  • Refurbishment of teaching and research lab space at the John Krebs field station at Wytham, which completed in October 2017.
  • Clinical Centre for Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine – this containment level three lab upgrade at the Churchill Hospital site was finished in December 2017.
  • Refurbishment of office space for the Classics Department – completed in October 2017.
  • Radcliffe Science Library  (RSL) lift – a project to re-purpose the sub-basement area and improve access with the creation of a larger goods lift. Completed in November 2017.

Completion due during 2018

  • Social Sciences building based in 1 and 2 South Parks Road – refurbishment and internal alterations for the Department of Archaeology. Completion is due in early 2018. Project manager: Tim Leigh, Ridge.
  • Beecroft Building for the Physics Department – work on many of the labs and offices is nearing completion and the building is due to be finished in Q1 2018. Project manager: Allan Ashenden, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff.
  • Iffley Road Sports Centre – the multi-purpose training room is finished and the new sports centre is expected to complete in Q1 2018. Project manager: Richard Todd, Bidwells.
  • Chemistry teaching labs (next to Tinbergen building) – the frame is now complete and the cladding is nearly finished. The first tranche of fume cupboards have been installed. Completion is expected in April 2018. Project manager: Colin McAuley, CPC.
  • New research building for the Department of Zoology at the Wytham Field Station. The project is expected to complete in summer 2018. Project manager: Nick Mullineux, TMD.
  • Project 696  (Old Road Campus) – works are progressing on site with fit-out of laboratories now starting. The building will include the BioEscalator, a car park and space for the Novo Nordisk Research Centre. Estimated completion Q3 2018. Project manager: Hans Andreae, CPC.

At planning and design stages

  • Biochemistry Phase II, Science Area – developed design stage now completed. Project manager: Jon Odell, CPC
  • Humanities on the ROQ – the pre-feasibility study for a new Humanities building is being reviewed following revisions to the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter (ROQ) site masterplan. Project manager: Matt Eaton.
  • Castle Mill graduate accommodation –building and landscaping improvement works will commence in February 2018. Project manager: Jon Odell, CPC, with Mark Wheatley.
  • Dyson Perrins – work started in September 2017 to adapt existing space to accommodate new equipment for the Archaeology department. Due to complete in Q1 2018. Project Manager: Tim Leigh, Ridge.

Beecroft building nears completion

The Beecroft building on Parks Road is nearing completion, with equipment being installed and other finishing touches being applied before work finishes in March. The project recently passed yet another milestone; it has now taken more than 405,000 hours of work to get to this point. When finished it will become the new home of the Physics department, providing world-leading facilities for both theoretical and experimental physics research.

New neuroscience research facility gets the go-ahead

A new centre for neuroscientific research into strokes and dementia on the John Radcliffe Hospital site, part funded by the Wolfson Foundation and Wellcome Trust, has been granted planning permission. Legal agreements with the landowner, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, are now being finalised, and construction is expected to start in spring 2018. When it is finished, the three-storey building for Clinical Neurosciences will house the UK’s largest dedicated research centre in its field, as well as additional space for researchers from the nearby FMRIB building.

RSL lift finishedRSL Lift Completed

The new goods lift at the Radcliffe Science Library (RSL) has been finished. The lift provides much better access to the RSL’s previously-vacant sub-basement, which will enable the University to consolidate much of its stores of museum artefacts in one convenient place. The lift’s design is intended to minimise obstruction of the surrounding listed buildings and incorporate as much light as possible.

25 Wellington Square refurbishment under review

The project to refurbish the graduate accommodation building at 25 Wellington Square is temporarily on hold. The University has received comments from the City Council’s Oxford Design Review Panel and local stakeholders, and is now giving further consideration to the wider opportunity this site offers – both in terms of meeting the requirement for graduate student accommodation and of potential academic benefits.

Programme managers smooth the path through a capital project

The Capital Projects team has been reorganised to make the experience of running a capital project easier for departmental customers. Four Programme Managers each have responsibility for a particular academic division, overseeing all the capital projects that are underway on behalf of all the departments within that division:

Richard Jones, Jennifer Makkreel, Eveline James and Paul Prince

  • Richard Jones, Head of Capital Projects – graduate accommodation and Continuing Education
  • Jennifer Makkreel, Deputy Head of Capital Projects – Social Sciences, Humanities and UAS
  • Eveline James, Programme Manager – Medical Sciences Division
  • Paul Prince, Programme Manager – Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division

Each Programme Manager provides a single point of contact for all queries and concerns on projects within their area. Their presence is meant to smooth customers’ journey through their capital projects by making it easier for them to get the information they need or to raise potential issues. 

Capital Projects Partner Framework launched

The Capital Projects team within Estates Services have launched a Capital Projects Partner Framework, an innovative new scheme intended to improve the quality and value for money of the University’s major new buildings by enabling the University to work more closely with key suppliers.

The framework sets out the University’s plans to form closer long-term relationships with a small number of design teams and building contractors to help the team deliver its capital masterplan. It was launched at an event in January, attended by around 300 people including representatives of architects and contractors.

Initially the framework will be in place for five years, with an option to extend it for another five. It is divided into five lots, two for design teams and three for builders. Companies or consortia can bid to join the framework; three will then be picked within each of the lots.

Modular buildings now in useModular Builds

The temporary modular buildings the University has put up to house the research and teaching displaced by the closure of the Tinbergen building are now starting to be used.

Late last year the first students were taught in the modular buildings on the sports field near the University Club, with Biochemistry and Biological Sciences undergraduates receiving instruction in the specialist teaching labs there. The temporary modular structures, installed by Portakabin on behalf of Estates Services, will meet this need until a permanent replacement for the Tinbergen is available. The University’s preferred option on this is to demolish and replace the building.

Other modular structures on the sports field will hold zoology research, while Experimental Psychology is expected to move into its modular building at the ROQ in late spring.

Floor being laid in new Iffley Road sports hallIffley Sports Hall Underfloor Heating

Progress continues on the major project to transform the facilities available at the Iffley Road Sports Centre. The existing café, reception area and wet changing rooms have now been fully refurbished and a new multi-purpose studio has been created. Work is now taking place on the facility’s new four-court sports hall, due to complete in spring. It will feature a high-tech glass floor, one of only a few comparable installations in the world. It will mean users can change easily and instantly between the floor markings needed for more than 20 sports, for example moving from basketball to badminton at the touch of a button.

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