Old Road Campus

Oxford University

Development of a former NHS site for extensive medical research facilities (masterplan Niall McLaughlin, approved 2013).

Masterplan © Niall McLaughlin

Masterplan © Niall McLaughlin

Oxford University acquired this 9 acre site in 1996 to establish the University Institute of Health Sciences in some existing buildings. A masterplan was commissioned for a major research campus, replacing existing buildings with high quality laboratories and research facilities. The first new building, the Henry Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, was completed in 1999. Subsequently four major new buildings have been completed, with two more under construction. The purchase of the adjacent Park Hospital site, a further 7 acres, provides a basis for further expansion of the campus.

It is notable – indeed, rather obvious – that Make Architects, in collaboration with Nightingale Associates (now part of IBI Group), have designed the majority of the new research buildings. Their distinctive hyper-modern style appears to celebrate both the astonishingly rapid pace of scientific development in the medical field, and the somewhat disturbing qualities of research that tinkers with the human genetic code.

Completed new buildings:

  • Richard Doll Building (Nicholas Hare, 2005)
  • Old Road Campus Research Building (Make/Nightingale, 2007)
  • Kennedy Institute (Make/Nightingale, 2013)
  • NDM Research Building (Make/Nightingale, 2013)
  • Big Data Institute (Make/Nightingale, 2017)

Buildings approved or under construction:

  • Amenities Building, including the Oxford Bio-Escalator (Make)

Roosevelt Drive, Oxford OX3 7DQ

Site plan

Site plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry Wellcome Buildings

Henry Wellcome Buildings

Richard Doll Building

Richard Doll Building

ORC Research Building

ORC Research Building

Kennedy Institute

Kennedy Institute

NDM Research Building

NDM Research Building

Big Data Institute on site

Big Data Institute on site

Big Data Institute © Make/Nightingale

Big Data Institute © Make/Nightingale

Amenities Building © Make

Amenities Building © Make