Tinbergen building redevelopment | University of Oxford

Tinbergen building redevelopment

Creating a world-class centre for life and mind sciences

The University is developing plans for the construction of an exciting new building on the site of the existing, now empty, Tinbergen building on the junction of St Cross Rd and South Parks Rd. 

The provisionally-named Centre for Life and Mind Sciences will be the largest building project the University has ever undertaken and will significantly improve the way psychological and biological science is undertaken in Oxford, helping scientists to solve some of our major global challenges.  It will be home to the Departments of Experimental Psychology, Plant Sciences and Zoology.

The University has appointed as architects NBBJ supported by engineers Ramboll and Hoare Lea to design the building on the junction of St Cross Road and South Parks Road.

It has also approved £192 million in capital funding for the project, with additional funding through donor philanthropy.

The Centre for Life and Mind Sciences will transform the education experience for students, providing laboratories for undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers, as well as lecture theatres, specialised support laboratories and opportunities for public engagement with our research.

The new building will also aim to facilitate the University’s schools and public outreach through shared opportunities for art, exhibitions, lectures and conferences, offering a ‘window into science’. 

Whilst it will occupy the same site as the existing Tinbergen building, it will enhance this gateway to Oxford’s Science Area and create an exciting public space with better connections to the surrounding area.

Planning and consultation

Preliminary discussions are being held with Oxford City Council and will continue during 2019. The NBBJ team is now commencing work to develop the concept design, leading towards the first of two planned public consultation events in the summer of this year. 

Tinbergen Building

The Tinbergen building was the University’s largest teaching and research building before its closure in February 2017 due to the discovery of asbestos throughout the structure and in inaccessible areas.  It was not possible to remove this while the building was occupied.

Work began on the site in October 2018 to safely remove all asbestos using highly specialist contractors prior to demolition, alongside the development of plans for the new building. 

More information

If you have any queries about our plans for this transformational new building or about ongoing work on the site, please contact us at lifeandmind@admin.ox.ac.uk.

News and updates will be provided on this page as the project progresses.

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