Radcliffe Observatory Quarter (ROQ)

Oxford University – Masterplan

The redevelopment of the former Radcliffe Infirmary site on the Woodstock Road (masterplan by Niall McLaughlin, 2008).

ROQ Masterplan

ROQ Masterplan

Following completion of the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford University purchased the Radcliffe Infirmary site from the NHS in 2003 and gained possession in 2007. The site lies between Woodstock Road and Walton Street, with Somerville College to the south and Green Templeton College (which owns the Radcliffe Observatory) to the north. At 10.4 acres it was one of the largest remaining development sites in the centre of Oxford. A design competition resulted in the selection of Raphael Viñoly Architects to prepare a masterplan for a university campus scheme of research and teaching buildings, incorporating landscaped public routes and spaces, to be developed over the next 20 years. Niall McLaughlin Architects were appointed to coordinate the plan.

The buildings completed on the site to date are:

  • Somerville College accommodation (Niall McLaughlin 2012)
  • New Radcliffe House – for the Jericho Health Centre (Hawkins\Brown 2012)
  • Radcliffe Humanities Building (conversion) – the old Radcliffe Infirmary (Stiff Leadbetter 1770) – for the Humanities Division and Faculty of Philosophy (Purcell 2013)
  • Mathematical Institute (Andrew Wiles Building) (Raphael Viñoly 2013)
  • Blavatnik School of Government (Herzog & DeMeuron 2015)
  • St Luke’s Chapel (1865) (conversion) – for a multi-function space (2015)
  • Primary Care Building (conversion) – the former Outpatients Department Building (1912) – for the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences (Niall McLaughlin/Purcell 2016)

There are four additional development blocks shown in the masterplan, including a large plot in the centre of the site intended for a new Humanities Building and Library; the future of the block on the north-west boundary, currently the Harkness and Gibson Buildings, is undecided.

References: http://www.ox.ac.uk/about/developing-oxford/roq

Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, OX2 6GG