Frequently asked questions (FAQs) | University of Oxford

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Where exactly is the site and how big is it?

The Radcliffe Observatory Quarter is a 10-acre site in central Oxford, bound by the Woodstock Road, Somerville College, Walton Street, Observatory Street and Green Templeton College.

Will the listed buildings be retained and what will happen to them?

All of the listed buildings on the site will be retained and restored. They are:

  • the Grade II* Radcliffe Infirmary (main block), 1759-70
  • the Grade II St Luke’s Chapel, 1865
  • the Grade II Outpatients’ building, 1913.

The Masterplan for the site as a whole is designed to open up a cluttered site and give space to the Grade I listed Radcliffe Observatory. Views of the Observatory will be opened up from notable locations, including Oxford University Press, Cardigan Street and Somerville College.

How is this development being funded?

Each project will be funded separately from a number of sources including donations, University capital funding, grants and other sources.

Will the new development result in a significant increase in traffic?

The site is being developed to be used by cyclists and pedestrians. Cyclists will benefit from extensive bike parking facilities, with spaces for approximately 400 staff and 2,600 students when the site is fully developed.

There will be limited vehicular access for emergency vehicles and delivery and service vehicles. All vehicle access will be from Woodstock Road, including construction traffic. Cars and small service vehicles, such as those required for the delivery of library material, will be taken immediately below ground to a parking and service area.

There will be an underground car park for no more than 65 cars, although the site overall will not have more than 100 spaces in total, excluding any spaces required by the Primary Care Trust for the Jericho Health Centre.

I wish to make a complaint about the site. Who do I contact?

You can contact the University at