The project is one of the largest single building projects ever undertaken by the University and lifts the firm’s tally of projects with the instituion to 12 since 2003.
The planned building will largely be funded with a £150m donation from Stephen Schwarzman, founder of The Blackstone Group private equity firm.
When completed in Spring 2025, the project will bring nine faculties and institutes and seven libraries and collections into one home.
The Laing O’Rourke team, led by Steve Holland, who most recently oversaw delivery of the Oxford Biochemistry Completion project, will begin construction in Autumn 2022.
Holland said: “Our plan ensures teaching and learning continues, soft lands construction delivery with neighbouring buildings and maintains public access and engagement throughout.
“We are privileged to be appointed to complete the heart of the ROQ in Oxford.
“The building will be delivered to Passivhaus energy performance standards, utilising our blend of offsite manufacturing capability and direct delivery to enable the certainty required.”
Laing O’Rourke’s 12 University of Oxford projects
- Department of Chemistry, 2003
- Department of Biochemistry, Phase 1, 2008
- Department of Earth Sciences, 2010
- Sommerville College, 2011
- Radcliffe Infirmary, 2012
- Andrew Wiles Building – Mathematical Institute, 2013
- Blavatnik School of Government, 2015
- St Luke’s Chapel, 2016
- Radcliffe Primary Care Building, 2016
- Beecroft Building for Physics, 2018
- Department of Biochemistry, Phase 2, 2020