Wates topping out £200m Oxford Uni science hub


Wates has reached a major milestone in the construction of a £200 million science hub for the University of Oxford. 

Wates topping out.
Credit: Wates.
by Rory ButlerFebruary 22, 2023

The firm was appointed to deliver the Life and Mind Building (LaMB) and recently ‘topped out’ the reinforced concrete structure of the new university facility. 

The project is for the Oxford University Development (OUD), a £4 billion partnership between Legal & General and the university.   

Housing 800 students and 1,200 researchers from across the Departments of Biology and Experimental Psychology across 270,000 sq ft, it is the university’s largest teaching and research facility to date. 

It consists of two wings, a four-storey building for offices and subject testing booths, and a five-storey block with laboratory space. It replaces the Tinbergen building which closed in February 2017. 

The firm now moves on to the envelope and fit-out, with some works carried out at Wates’ offsite manufacturing facility, Prism. 

Delivery partnership 

  • Arup (project managers) 
  • Arcadis (cost consultants) 
  • NBBJ (architects) 
  • Ramboll (structural engineers) 
  • Hoare Lea (building services engineers) 

Handover is scheduled for late 2024. 

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