Big Data Institute completes

Make Architects has completed its fifth building for the University of Oxford and its fourth on the Old Road Campus masterplan.

The Big Data Institute (BDI), constructed specifically for the analysis of large and complex biomedical data, is a bespoke building which will cater for over 550 researchers from across the University. Data will be stored, analysed and processed within the building with the aim of providing new insights into illnesses and treatments worldwide.


The 7,500m2 building employs a passive design which uses assisted natural ventilation. A subterranean labyrinth is located beneath the lower ground floor which draws in air through the light-well and uses the thermal mass of the ground to cool it before circulating it to the main roof top plant room. This air is then distributed via a floor plenum and extracted via the atrium using the stack effect.

Peter Matcham, partner and project architect said: “It is fantastic to have completed our fourth building on the University of Oxford’s Old Road Campus. The Big Data Institute is a pioneering facility. We are extremely proud of this superb portfolio of work with one of the best universities in the world.”

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