Fabrica Laboratory Building Oxford Planning Permission, Botley Road property, English architecture design

Fabrica Laboratory Building in Oxford

8 January 2024

Architecture: NBBJ

Location: Botley Road, Oxford, England, UK

Fabrica Laboratory Building Oxford England

Photos by Fisher Studios / Hufton + Crow

Fabrica Laboratory, England

Fabrica is a new laboratory and office building on the Botley Road, Oxford and will deliver 180,000 square feet of turnkey space.

Mission Street and internationally-renowned architecture practice NBBJ have achieved planning permission for the design of Fabrica, a new laboratory and office building on the Botley Road in Oxford. The proposal is to create ‘science in the city’, creating in-demand R&D and innovation space that is integrated into the city and just a short walk from Oxford railway station.

The building features multi-occupancy R&D, laboratory and innovation workspace, with flexible floorplates which can adapt to varying research and office configurations. Shared communal spaces and high-quality amenity spaces are provided to create a highly attractive environment for employees.

Two wings are connected by a terraced daylit atrium space where balconies connected by a striking feature stair offer a range of shared meanwhile spaces, creating a sense of community, supporting collaboration and a healthy work environment. A ground floor café will be open to the public as well as tenants.

Showing the way for the re-development of the Botley Road retail park Fabrica will transform the local character by maximising public space with a focus on biodiverse landscaping and new cycle and walking routes linking to nearby Hinksey Meadows. Places to meet, enjoy nature and rest will benefit neighbours and future tenants alike.

Adjusting in scale and height towards the neighbouring terraced houses the design’s faceted facades provide shading for windows and define a unique, ever-evolving appearance through shadow-play that defines a gateway for this new science quarter on arrival to Oxford.

Set-backs and roof top landscaping enhance privacy for local residents while articulating an exciting roofline that sits comfortably in the Oxford Skyline.

The project is targeting BREEAM Excellent and will feature solar panels, air source heat pumps, EV charge points, and have low embodied carbon design features including a timber structure and recycled materials.

Darius Umrigar, Director Science and Education Projects, NBBJ said: ‘Fabrica represents the future of science developments in the Golden Triangle: a sustainable and flexible building that can adapt over time, sensitive to its surroundings which can provide a rich experience for the community as well as tenants.’

Ingo Braun, Design Principal, NBBJ said: ‘We are immensely proud to be part of this development that aims to show the way for the regeneration of the Botley Road Retail Park and how innovative R&D space can positively contribute to inner-city placemaking.’

Colin Brown, Development Director, Mission Street said: ‘We want to provide a building of the highest quality that also delivers on the widest range of priorities for the local community and Oxford. This development will help to meet the enormous demand in and around Oxford for well connected, high-quality, city centre innovation space.’

Construction will begin 2024 and estimated completion is 2026.

Fabrica Laboratory Building Oxford England

Fabrica Laboratory Building in Oxford, England – Builing Information

Client: Mission Street
Architect: NBBJ – https://www.nbbj.com/
Planning Consultant: Barton Wilmore
Cost Consultant: CB3
Civil & Structural Engineer: Elliott Wood
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Hoare Lea
Project Manager: Buro Four
Landscape Architect: Fira

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Location: Oxford, England, UK

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