It plans to construct on the site of the existing, now empty, Tinbergen building. It has also approved £192 million in capital funding for the project, with additional funding through donor philanthropy. The Centre for Life and Mind Sciences will be the largest building project the University has ever undertaken.
Professor Chris Kennard, the University’s Senior Responsible Owner for the project, said: ‘The Centre for Life and Mind Sciences will transform the way psychological and biological science is undertaken in Oxford, helping scientists to solve some of our major global challenges. The new Centre will transform the education experience for students, and offer new opportunities for public engagement with our research.’
Architects NBBJ are now commencing work to develop the concept design and ahead of public consultation events in the summer, which all staff will be invited to attend.
Work began on the Tinbergen site in October 2018 to safely remove all asbestos using highly specialist contractors prior to demolition, alongside the development of plans for the new building.