Saïd Business School granted planning to develop Osney Power Station

Proposed design Oxford Said

Oxford City Council has approved planning permission for Saïd Business School to develop the Osney Power Station into the ‘Global Leadership Centre’, a new teaching and residential facility for the School’s prestigious executive education programmes.

The Global Leadership Centre will become a catalyst for transformative learning and development, bringing leaders from business, government and civil society together with academics from across the University of Oxford.

“I am thrilled with the news that the planning application has been approved,” said Peter Tufano, Dean of Saïd Business School.

“This is a major step towards our purpose to find answers to some of the biggest challenges facing economies, people, and the planet today. As a business school in the heart of the University of Oxford we are able to draw on expertise from academics across a wide range of disciplines, whether in the sciences, technology or philosophy, to help business leaders reconsider their purpose and transform their businesses.”

Located on the River Thames in Central Oxford, three minutes’ walk from the school’s Park End Street site, Osney Power station opened in 1892 and powered the first electric lightbulb, changing lives in Oxford. The building is not listed but is of considerable character which will be respected and retained by the project architects, John McAslan + Partners (JM+P), which also led the redevelopment of King’s Cross station.

In April 2019, Oxford Saïd’s naming founder, Wafic Saïd, signed a Deed of Gift for £15m to support the £60m redevelopment of Osney Power Station. ‘It is a pleasure and a privilege to support the School as it embarks on the next chapter of its remarkable story with the Global Leadership Centre, which is a sign both of the School’s achievement to date and of an even more exciting future,’ he said.

The target date for commencement of main works is early 2020 with building predicted to take approximately 24 months.