The Big Data Institute (BDI) building on the Old Road Campus at Headington has won a prestigious RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) regional award.
Described by the judges as a ‘delightful workplace’ and ‘a superb model for dry lab academic research buildings’ the BDI is built to accommodate around 550 staff and researchers from the University’s Medical Sciences Division and the Nuffield Department of Population Health.
Their work focuses on analysing large, complex and diverse data sets for research into the causes and consequences, prevention and treatment of disease. The new building opened in January 2017 and incorporates a café, seminar rooms, meeting rooms and break-out areas over four levels. As part of its sustainability strategy it also incorporates a ‘labyrinth’ – a network of air intake tunnels beneath the building to cool incoming air in summer and help reduce heating costs in winter.
Along with the Kellogg College Hub, another project managed by the Capital Projects team, several other University and college buildings were also shortlisted, including the Hubert Perrodo Building at St Peter’s College, the New Library at Queen’s College and Worcester College’s Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre. After winning the RIBA South Award 2018, the BDI will now go on to be considered for a RIBA national award later this year.