Littlemore House at The Oxford Science Park is to be refurbished and extended to create radical new R&D space along with a new building close by.

The Lawrence J Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine has submitted a planning application to Oxford City Council to reconfigure the space and build on neighbouring Plot 18 to create a new cancer research function.

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

Dr David Agus, founding director and chief executive of the Ellison Institute, said: “This facility, its location, and design will play a pivotal role in helping us achieve our vision of not just redefining how cancer is treated but improving the lives of patients around the world.

“We look forward to continuing discussions with Oxford City Council to ensure this project meets our combined high expectations environmentally, scientifically, and for the Oxford communities.”

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. An elevated walkway will link the two buildings.

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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