Project Summary


Architect's rendering of the entrance to the Life and Mind Building from South Parks Road.


Architect's rendering of the interior arrival within the Life and Mind Building. The theme for this floor is focused on display & identity. The two large trees at the entry symbolize Biology & Experimental Psychology coming together under one roof.




Science Area, South Parks Road
Department(s) Experimental Psychology, Plant Sciences and Zoology
About the building

The provisionally-named Life and Mind Building will be the largest building project the University has ever undertaken. It will significantly improve the way psychological and biological science is carried out in Oxford, helping scientists to solve some of our major global challenges. It will be home to the Department of Experimental Psychology and a new Department of Biology, combining the existing departments of Plant Sciences and Zoology.

The Life and Mind Building will transform the education experience for students, providing laboratories for undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers, as well as lecture theatres, specialised support laboratories and opportunities for public engagement with our research. It will also aim to facilitate the University’s schools and public outreach through shared opportunities for art, exhibitions, lectures and conferences, offering a ‘window into science’.

Whilst it will occupy the same site as the existing Tinbergen building, it will enhance this gateway to Oxford’s Science Area and create an exciting public space with better connections to the surrounding area.

Practical completion Scheduled for summer 2024
Size 25,000 sqm
Total Cost £200m
Development Partner Legal & General
Project Manager Arup
Cost Manager Arcadis
Architect NBBJ
Main contractor (PCSA) Wates
Building Services Engineer Hoare Lea
Civil & Structural Engineer Ramboll
Planning Consultant Savills
Landscape Architect Fira