Extension to the 1970s Tinbergen Building, providing new teaching laboratories for the University of Oxford’s Chemistry Department.

Located close to some of the University of Oxford’s most significant science buildings, the Tinbergen Building was designed by Sir Leslie Martin and completed in 1971. The new refurbishment scheme updates many of the facilities and includes an extension to house new teaching laboratories and plant spaces for the university’s Chemistry Department.

Eckersley O’Callaghan has provided facade design services for this extension, including analysis and rationalisation of various facade elements to ensure excellent environmental and acoustic performance, while also keeping costs low.

We also provided facade sequencing strategies that would allow for tight time constraints in the project’s construction programme.

The extension is a modern transcription of the original brutalist architecture. The new facade is characterised by white GRC panels forming concrete portals with a fine horizontal infill of terracotta brise soleil.

Oxford, UK

University of Oxford