ISG wins Oxford Uni laboratory scheme

Aaron Morby 8 years ago
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ISG has scooped the job to refurbish and extend the University of Oxford’s Tinbergen Building to create new chemistry teaching laboratories

New extension for chemistry laboratories has been designed to echo the existing buildings
New extension for chemistry laboratories has been designed to echo the existing buildings

Designed by Sir Leslie Martin and named after Nikolaas Tinbergen, joint winner of the 1973 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, the Tinbergen Building is currently home to the University’s Department of Experimental Psychology and Zoology.

Tinbergen

Existing Tinbergen Building complex

tinbergen-modernisation

Remodelled building retaining original stepped building profile

Starting on site in early summer, the project will be delivered over several phases with the first due for completion in Summer 2017. Long & Partners is the M&E consultant.

ISG will also build and fit-out a new three-storey structure to create a suite of highly-specified undergraduate laboratories, designed to integrate with the existing building.

The firm will deploy silent sheet piling installation methods to enable the basement level to be excavated for the new build element of the scheme.

Also it is targeting a BREEAM Excellent rating for the new chemistry teaching laboratory.

Sustainable measures include fitting external solar shading, an extensive roof-mounted photovoltaic panel array, advanced heat recovery system and connection into the university’s combined heat and power district heating system. 

Paul Sharp, divisional director of ISG’s Engineering Services business, said: “Schemes like the Tinbergen Building require a contractor that is experienced in technically demanding environments, offering an end-to-end solution with a highly engineered response to complex challenges, such as vibration restrictions, services continuity and safe extract of gases.”

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