The Oxford Science Park’s plans for new space around Littlemore House go before councillors on Tuesday (April 18) with a recommendation for approval. 

Oxford City Council’s planning committee will consider plans by the Lawrence J Ellison Institute for Transformative to reconfigure and extend the building, a non-designated heritage asset,  and build a new cancer research centre on neighbouring Plot 18. The two sites extend to a total 4.66 hectares.

The  scheme will deliver new Foster + Partners-designed laboratories, education rooms, auditoriums, multi-functional areas for collaboration and an oncology clinic.

A focal point of the Littlemore House scheme will be a sunken 250-seat auditorium, built beneath a water feature in the courtyard. It will serve as a gathering point and educational space for the scientists, researchers, clinicians, and interdisciplinary experts.

The new building at Plot 18 will include a wooden, rooftop dome which will act as a further gathering point. A timber-clad elevated walkway will link the two sites.

As well as Foster + Partners the team includes landscape architect Fernando Caruncho, and project manager and town planner Ridge and Partners together with contractor Laing O’Rourke for the construction.

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