Legal & General receives planning approval for University of Oxford’s new science building

WCN Editorial Team 21 Jan 2021 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based financial services firm Legal & General and the University of Oxford have secured planning consent for a new £200m life sciences building.

The new building, named ‘Life and Mind Building’, will accommodate the Departments of Experimental Psychology and Biology, including Plant Sciences and Zoology.

In 2019, Legal & General had entered into a £4bn partnership with the University of Oxford and established the Oxford University Development (OUD) to provide new homes to staff and students.

Spanning a gross internal area of 269,097ft2, the new building will provide research facilities to 800 students and 1,200 researchers along with lecture theatres, specialised support laboratories and opportunities for public engagement.

Situated between Oxford’s listed University Parks, the Science Area and its historic town centre, the Life and Mind Building is expected to be unveiled in 2024.

It also furnishes space for teaching, flexible and specialist bio-science laboratories for research, and an extensive assortment of testing spaces for research into human behaviour, perception, development and mental health.

Designed by global architecture, planning and design firm NBBJ, the new building replaces the Tinbergen building, which was closed in February 2017, and will enhance this gateway to Oxford’s Science Area.

Oxford University Development chief executive Anna Strongman said: “We are extremely proud to be bringing forward the OUD’s first building project which, in the wake of COVID-19, will help retain talent in the city, whilst driving essential inward investment and providing opportunities for world-leading innovation.

“The Life and Mind Building is using architecture and design to bring together key scientific disciplines and promote greater understanding.

“When complete, it will provide students with a modern, state-of-the-art facility that helps continue the University of Oxford’s legacy as one of the world’s most pre-eminent teaching institutions.”

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Rendering of the University of Oxford’s Life and Mind Building. (Credit: Legal & General Group Plc.)

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