Le Gros Clark building CGI
Le Gros Clark building CGI

Public consultation event on Le Gros Clark refit plans

A public consultation event on the planned refurbishment of the Le Gros Clark building in the Science Area will take place from 3pm to 7pm on Wednesday 10 July at the School of Geography.

Any interested staff, students or members of the public are welcome to drop in at the School, located in the Dyson Perrins Building, to find out more about what is planned and raise any questions or concerns with the project team.

The Le Gros Clark building (LGC) was originally built in 1893 as the Museum of Anatomy, directly behind the Pitt Rivers Museum. It now needs deep refurbishment to create new teaching, research and office spaces, as well as to bring it up to modern standards of comfort, accessibility and energy efficiency.

After the project, it will be occupied by the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography and the Smith School of Enterprise & the Environment.

The proposals would reduce LGC’s operational energy use by more than 80% through means like adding insulated cladding around the building and replacing its roof and windows.

The project will also provide the building with a coherent, unified external design – it has been extended several times in a variety of styles over the years – and the team will also take the opportunity to reconcile the differences in internal levels that this piecemeal development has created.  A new ramped access will also be introduced.

LGC’s courtyard will become a landscaped communal amenity space, and solar PV panels will be installed on its roof to provide renewable energy. Gas boilers will be replaced with air-source heat pumps, as part of the University’s long-term strategy to decarbonise its estate.

The University plans to apply for planning consent for the project in September 2024, with a decision from Oxford City Council expected later the same year and construction scheduled to start in 2025.

If you have any comments or questions, contact [email protected]. The issues raised during the consultation will be taken into consideration in producing the final planning application.

Please review our public consultation boards here. If you would like to provide feedback, please use the following form. The deadline for providing feedback is 24 July 2024

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