Largest building project ever undertaken by Oxford Uni heads to planning

Life & Mind Building Oxford square

The largest building project ever undertaken by the University of Oxford has completed its second public consultation and architects NBBJ will submit a planning application this month, with works starting on site next June and completion in September 2024.

The reportedly £202 million facility will be home to a new, world-class centre for Life and Mind Sciences on the site occupied by the empty Tinbergen Building on South Parks Road in the city.

Life & Mind Building Oxford 2The Life and Mind Building will be the largest building project the University has ever undertaken and will become home to the Department of Experimental Psychology and a new Department of Biology, combining the existing Departments of Plant Sciences and Zoology.

Demolition of the University of Oxford’s Tinbergen Building on South Parks Road began in May.

The Life and Mind Building will provide laboratories for undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers, as well as lecture theatres, specialised support laboratories and opportunities for public engagement with the university’s research.

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.