Case Study - University of Oxford New Chemistry Building, Oxford, UK

Project data

  • Customer
  • University of Oxford
  • Value
  • 21£m
  • Area
  • 40,000 sq ft
  • Procurement route
  • Two stage
  • Form of contract
  • JCT 2011 design and build
  • Programme duration
  • 90 weeks
  • Completion date
  • April 2018
  • Project Manager
  • CPC
  • Architect
  • fjmt
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Arcadis
  • Structural Engineer
  • AKS Ward
  • M&E Engineer
  • Long and Partners


This new building will enable the Department of Chemistry to provide state-of-the-art laboratory teaching facilities for undergraduate students.

Our appointment with the University of Oxford included the construction and fit out of a new three-storey steel-framed extension, which will pioneer the future for leading chemistry research and development.

The project

ISG’s project team delivered the new build extension with a basement for the Chemistry Department. Using a steel frame construction with a bespoke cladding system, a new plant space was created within the roof area of an existing building.

The fit out included teaching laboratories and associated administration areas to support the chemistry facilities. Additional laboratory benching, with 68 fume cupboards, was installed within the teaching space.

The new building was designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent' environmental performance rating with sustainable measures including the installation of external solar shading, an extensive roof-mounted photovoltaic panel array, an advanced heat recovery system and connection into the university’s combined heat and power (CHP) district heating system.