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Tinbergen building

Creating a World-Class Centre for Life and Mind Sciences

 Please regularly check this page for updates. 

May 2019

A public consultation event took place on 17 and 18 May. You can see the information boards showing proposals for the enabling and demolition works on the Tinbergen site and the emerging design for the new building at where you can also give your feedback online until 1 June.

April 2019

Designing the new building

The project is now moving into development of the concept design of the building and extensive consultation with the people who will use it.  The architects, NBBJ, have organised a series of workshops with users representing different functions of the building, which are being held during April and May.

Pre-application discussions are ongoing with Oxford City Council planners and on 17/18 May there will be the first of two public consultation events – more information will be available soon.

What’s happening on site

The asbestos removal work is progressing well and work has begun on demolition of a small (12 square meters) area of the building at Gate 1, the original main entrance to the building, on South Parks Rd to enable lorry deliveries.

Plans for a number of enabling works ahead of the planned demolition of the building are being discussed with neighbouring departments which will require planning permission.  If you have any queries about work on site, please contact

Cycle safety event

Erith, the asbestos removal and demolition contractor, are holding a cycle safety event in conjunction with the Student Union in Radcliffe Square on Wednesday 8 May between 11am and 3pm.  This aims to promote safer cycling near lorries and will feature virtual reality experience, prizes, free gifts and information stalls.  Contact for more information.


February 2019 - Architects Appointed

The University has appointed architects for the new provisionally named Centre for Life and Mind Sciences it plans to construct on the site of the existing, now empty, Tinbergen building. It  has also approved £192 million in capital funding for the project, with additional funding through donor philanthropy. The Centre for Life and Mind Sciences will be the largest building project the University has ever undertaken.

Professor Chris Kennard, the University’s Senior Responsible Owner for the project, said: ‘The Centre for Life and Mind Sciences will transform the way psychological and biological science is undertaken in Oxford, helping scientists to solve some of our major global challenges. The new Centre will transform the education experience for students, and offer new opportunities for public engagement with our research.’

Architects NBBJ are now commencing work to develop the concept design and ahead of public consultation events in the summer, which all staff will be invited to attend.

Work began on the Tinbergen site in October 2018 to safely remove all asbestos using highly specialist contractors prior to demolition, alongside the development of plans for the new building. 

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Visit the site

Erith, the main contractor for asbestos removal and pre-demolition works, are happy to welcome any member of staff who would like to visit the site and find out about the asbestos removal work that is going on.

Tuesday coffee mornings

These take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 9am.  Come along and ask the team about what is happening now and next and any other questions you may have over a coffee.  The site entrance is off St Cross Road, a few metres beyond the pedestrian crossing.  No need to book just turn up. For more information contact

Site tours

If you would like to find out more, Erith runs monthly tours of the site.  You’ll be able to see how the asbestos removal work is being carried out, the comprehensive safety measures in place and ask any questions of the team.  The tour will last approximately 30 minutes, hard hats and boots will be provided and tea/coffee will be available. You’ll need to book for this – please email the project team and there is space for up to 12 people, so on a first-come-first served basis.

The next tour date is Thursday 16 May at 10am. 


The project team is ready to answer any queries you may have during the current phase of the project. In the first instance, email us at:


You can also contact members of the team:

Estates Services Capital Projects

Programme Manager: Paul Prince,                                                           

T: 01865 278761 M: 07979516591


Head of Capital Projects:  Richard Jones,      

T: 01865 614809


Our on-site team

Bidwells – project managers:

Toby Johnson,


Erith – main contractor for asbestos removal and pre-demolition works:

Aaron Porter, 


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