Old Road Campus Research Building

Make, Oxford, 2007


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Research laboratory block that brings together six different cancer research institutions in a single building

Internally the building is set out around two atria, each with floating cast concrete staircases. The entrance atrium acts as a reinterpretation of the university quad and forms the heart of the building, accommodating a café and knowledge centre.

The second atrium is broken into three zones comprising laboratories, offices and a mixed zone arranged in a deliberately flexible configuration. The laboratory spaces are arranged on a 6.6m square grid, which allows scientists to select rooms from a range of standardised types.

The green curtain wall cladding, which incorporates brise soleil, responds to both the varying solar shading requirements and the split of laboratories and offices internally. Significant time was saved on the programme by running the shell and core in parallel with the fit-out.


  • Begun: Oct 2005
  • Completed: Oct 2007
  • Floor area: 14,000m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £56M
  • Address: Old Road Campus Research Building, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7DQ, United Kingdom

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