Laing O’Rourke will deliver Phase 1a of Oxford North, including Red Hall and the first two laboratory buildings.

The striking Red Hall development will be 43,500 sq ft of co-working spaces, meeting and workspaces knowledge-based starts-ups with cafe-bar, retail units and community space while two laboratory buildings totalling 115,000 sq ft of space alongside a market square and central landscape.

The scheme will involve some off-site construction.

David Camp, chief executive of Stanhope, one of the development partners in the scheme, said: “We have been busy with the detailed designs for Oxford North which now have approval. We welcome Laing O’Rourke’s appointment as our phase 1A delivery partner as they bring to the project considerable off-site manufacturing experience, sustainable construction and engineering capability.

“Together we are delivering a place for workers, residents and visitors which invites discovery, supports community and enhances well-being. We continue to create construction jobs, and our combined investment will provide economic benefits as well as vital new science and innovation space for Oxford.”

Martin Staehr, director of building for Laing O’Rourke, said: “We are proud to be part of this prestigious project to create a world-class science and research district. We will combine our experience of modern methods of construction and knowledge of this specialist sector to create carbon-efficient laboratories and workspace along with amenities.

“We will also provide employment and create training opportunities for people living in and around Oxford. We look forward to working for Oxford North Ventures and with our partners to deliver this exceptional new community in the city of Oxford.”

The phase is destined for practical completion in Q2 2025.

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