Plans to demolish seven office buildings at ARC Oxford and replace them with a 9,829 sq m lab building go before councillors on Tuesday with a recommendation for approval.

Oxford City Council’s planning committee looks set to approve the redevelopment of Plot 4200 in John Smith Drive at its May 21 meeting. The speculative, proposed three-storey lab building will include a roof terrace for the expected 400-plus staff to use.

The building would accommodate Containment Level 2 laboratories and offices, which are considered medium risk.

Five single storey ancillary buildings to store bikes, lab gases and bins, generators and a sub-station would be located to the north, south and west of the main building.

There will be 166 parking spaces for cars and 117 for bikes for staff and visitors.

The development was initially part of a wider regeneration of the park, via an outline application, but has been brought forward as a full application due to the demand for labs.

The team on the project includes Carter Jonas on planning, Spratley & Partners as architect and lead designer and Stantec as transport consultant.

© Thames Tap (powered by

Sign up to receive our weekly free journal, The Forum here.