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Planning Approval for Educational Facility, UK – design by John McAslan + Partners

11 Sep 2019

Saïd Business School

Design: John McAslan + Partners

Location: Oxford, England

John McAslan + Partners wins planning permission for £60 million global leadership centre for Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Said Business School Oxford

John McAslan + Partners’ design to transform the former Osney Power Station into Saïd Business School’s new Global Leadership Centre for the University of Oxford, has won planning approval.

Said Business School Oxford

The £60m project, for one of the world’s leading business schools, will convert the former Victorian power station into a residential teaching facility, hosting training courses for senior executives with facilities including a gym and exercise studio, and a restaurant. The Power Station’s riverside setting creates a unique opportunity for adaptive re-use and new build for both academic and residential amenities, creating an enclave which is both part of the urban Oxford scene whilst being suitably distinct and tranquil.

Professor Peter Tufano, Dean of the Saïd Business School, comments:
“John McAslan + Partners’ proposals show great vision: the practice’s interpretation of the brief effectively combines the existing historic fabric and world class contemporary design.”

John McAslan, Executive Chairman, John McAslan + Partners, adds:
“We are delighted that our scheme has won planning approval. Our vision is to harness the existing building’s distinctive characteristics, ensuring the powerful internal volume of the Power Station is retained as an open ‘agora’ – a vibrant collegiate quad at the heart of the facility for the interaction and exchange of ideas, while the residential amenities celebrate the exterior setting of the landscape, enhancing the external aspect and optimising views.”

Located on the banks of the River Thames in Central Oxford, Osney Power Station was the city’s first electrical power plant, open from 1892 to 1968. It was acquired by the University in 1969 and until 2010 operated as a research laboratory for the Department of Engineering Science, where researchers performed cutting-edge experimentation in hypersonics and turbo-machinery.

The approved scheme identifies opportunities for social space, break-out meeting spaces and areas for informal study. It is these vibrant ‘market places’ that will celebrate the diversity of the student’s cultural and educational specialisations, facilitating the cross-fertilisation of ideas, stimulating learning and development and promoting a real sense of community.

It is anticipated that the scheme will start on site in early 2020.

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Saïd Business School, Oxford – Building Information

Client: Saïd Business School
Architect, Landscape Architect: John McAslan + Partners
Project Manager: Ridge and Partners
MEP Engineer: Long & Partners
Structural & Civil Engineer: Mann Williams
Planning Consultant: Savills
Cost Consultant: Arcadis

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John McAslan + Partners Architects

Location: 62 Woodstock Road Oxford, England, UK

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