- Location Oxford, UK
- Status Built
- Service Architecture
- Sector Education and research
- Area 14,000m²/150,700ft²
- Client The University of Oxford
The Old Road Campus Research Building brings together six world-leading cancer research institutions and forms the gateway to the University of Oxford’s campus. We designed the state-of-the-art facility to encourage interaction and collaboration between multiple institutions and departments.
Our design breaks down the building into three zones: laboratories, flexible space, and office and write-up space. These facilities are set around two atria that form the social heart of the four-storey structure, and offer a contemporary reinterpretation of a traditional university quad. Within this social heart are dramatic ribbons of cast concrete staircases, a café and a knowledge centre – spaces that draw people in and through the building.
Along with a highly efficient plant that offers reduced energy consumption, we included an orientation-specific facade and a high-performance cladding system, both of which minimise solar gain. The latter features a distinctive spectrum of greens that visually harmonise with the mature planting surrounding the site.
The building’s close proximity to Oxford’s main hospitals has resulted in strengthened links between cutting-edge research and clinical treatment. We’re not the only ones who think it’s a success – in 2009 the building received a commendation at the Concrete Society Awards.
The high-performance cladding system minimises solar gain and features a distinctive spectrum of greens that visually harmonise with the mature planting surrounding the site.
Within the social heart of the building are dramatic ribbons of cast concrete staircases.
The building unites six leading biomedical research institutions, and strengthens the links between research and clinical treatment.