Case Study - University of Oxford New Chemistry Building, Oxford, UK

Project data

  • Customer
  • University of Oxford
  • Area
  • 40,000 sq ft
  • Procurement route
  • Two stage
  • Form of contract
  • JCT 2011 design and build
  • Programme duration
  • 90 weeks
  • Completion date
  • April 2018
  • Project Manager
  • CPC
  • Architect
  • fjmt
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Arcadis
  • Structural Engineer
  • AKS Ward
  • M&E Engineer
  • Long and Partners


This new building will enable the Department of Chemistry to provide state-of the-art laboratory teaching facilities for undergraduate students.

Our appointment with the University of Oxford includes the construction and fit out of the new three-storey steel-framed extension, which will pioneer the future for leading chemistry research and development.

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The project

ISG’s project team is delivering the new build extension with a basement for the Chemistry Department . Using a steel frame construction with a bespoke cladding system, a new plant space is being created within the roof area an existing building.

The project includes the fit out of teaching laboratories and associated administration areas to support the department. Laboratory benching along with 66 fume cupboards are to be installed within the teaching space and the new building is to be supported by standalone engineering services.

We are targeting a BREEAM Excellent rating for the new chemistry building with sustainable measures including the installation of external solar shading, an extensive roof-mounted photovoltaic panel array, an advanced heat recovery system and connection into the university’s combined heat and power (CHP) district heating system.