Blavatnik School of Government | University of Oxford

Blavatnik School of Government

The vision of Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government is to inspire and support better public policy and government around the world.

The new building as it will look from the end of Great Clarendon StreetThe new building as it will look from the end of Great Clarendon Street

The School was founded in 2010 thanks to a donation of £75m from American philanthropist Leonard Blavatnik.

A new building for the School is currently under construction on the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter. Completion is expected by September 2015, when students, faculty and staff will relocate to the new building, which will accommodate up to 550 people. With a dynamic programme of events, conferences and seminars, many of which will be open to the general public and students across Oxford, it will be a space that invites engagement with the wider world.

The building has been designed by internationally renowned Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron who are well known for the originality and boldness of their designs. They were responsible for the conversion of the Bankside power plant to Tate Modern in London (2000), the de Young Museum in San Francisco (2005), and the Miami Art Museum (2013).

The design principles, the impact of the building on the local environment and considerations such as sustainability are outlined in the consultation documents in the right-hand column. Further details about the new building, including a live webcam of the construction, can be found on the School's website.

BSG from southern edge

‘The proposal for the BSG is to use contemporary materials, glass and concrete with current construction methods to produce a building that echoes the solidity and mineral feel of stone buildings.’ (Extract from consultation document c, p.3)