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Life and Mind Building – University of Oxford

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‘The largest building project ever undertaken’ by the University of Oxford

It will house the Department of Biology and the Department of Experimental Psychology providing space for 800 students and 1,200 researchers. The building will also be home to the state-of-the-art institute for antimicrobial research, following a £100 million donation from INEOS. The funding and delivery of the building is being undertaken as part of the University’s joint venture with Legal & General, through Oxford University Development.

Partners on this project include Arup, Arcadis, NBJJ Architects, structural engineer Ramboll, and building services engineer Hoare Lea.

University of Oxford - Life and Mind Building

Transforming teaching and research

Construction is due for completion in 2024. LaMB will transform how biology and psychology are taught in Oxford, significantly enhancing the educational experience for students and helping scientists to work together on some of our major global challenges. The new building will also host a range of schools and public outreach programmes facilitated by the University, including opportunities to engage with art, exhibitions, lectures and conferences, each offering a window into science.

Situated at the gateway to Oxford’s Science Area, LaMB replaces the old Tinbergen Building, which closed in February 2017. It will cover 25,000sq m, set over two main buildings containing specialist laboratories and office accommodation, with a central atrium and lower floor teaching centre. The design will provide maximum flexibility and foster collaboration between academic departments and research groups.

Supporting long-term sustainability

From the outset, this project has been designed to support long-term sustainability with a robust fabric-first approach. Using a blend of both BREEAM Excellent targets and Passivhaus principles, the building is intended to be net zero carbon in operation by 2030.

Championing offsite manufacturing

Working in partnership with our specialist engineering business, SES, and offsite manufacturing facility PRISM, the project uses extensive offsite manufactured components. The combination of building envelope technologies such as Precast Panels, Factory Fitted Windows, Preassembled Unitised Cladding with the

manufacture of 22 mechanical and electrical risers and more than 600 distribution modules and fully prefabricated pump rooms has achieved over 1400hrs of offsite manufacturing.

One of the major accomplishments of the scheme so far was delivering our largest modular plant room to date. The 12-section, two-storey ventilation plantroom was installed seamlessly over the course of three weekends in collaboration with our supply chain. This was carried out in the confines of a fully functioning university campus while keeping the existing systems running and ensuring a smooth changeover.

Making an impact

We are committed to making a lasting impact in the local communities in which we work.

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