Oxford University Magdalen College New Building Plans in Place

Plans have been submitted for Oxford University’s Magdalen College’s first new building scheme since taking full control of the Oxford Science Park earlier in the year.

It is the first of a number of new projects planned at the Park in Littlemore where the college is hoping to build a further 300,000 sq ft over the next five to seven year period.

The first of these speculative building schemes is a 61,500 sq ft office with a roof terrace. This phase of the plan has been designed by Bogle Architects.

The Plot 12 building will go up to four storeys and be constructed to at least a BREEAM Very Good rating.

Managing Director at the Oxford Science Park, Piers Scrimshaw-Wright, said that the Oxford Science Park was established 25 years ago as a business community to support entrepreneurship, innovation and discovery.

Scrimshaw-Wright continued: “With Plot 12 we have an opportunity to build the next logical and natural expansion to the Park.

“Our proposal is to speculatively build efficient and flexible, energy efficient accommodation that supports high value business growth and the local economy.”

Meanwhile, Oxford University’s Iffley Road site is set to be transformed into a “globally competitive” sports centre, with work due to get under way later in the month on a £60 million scheme to transform the site.

Phase one will see the construction of an £8.5 million indoor sports hall built next to the iconic running track where Sir Roger Bannister famously ran the four minute mile in 1954.

The facility could become the first of its kind in the UK to feature a ‘smart floor’ that will light up with different line layouts needed to play various sports in the hall.

The new sports hall would add to the existing gym and swimming pool already at the site, used by some 3,200 staff and students of the university and 600 members of the public.


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