Padstone Projects: 
									Radcliffe Observatory Quarter

Radcliffe Observatory Quarter

Sector : Education
Services : End-to-End Project Management (Master Planning)
Completed : On-going
Value : £ 505 million
Client : University of Oxford
Architect : Rafael Vinoly
Main Contractor : Multiple

Project description

Guy Graham was appointed as Project Manager to deliver the 1 million square foot Radcliffe Observatory Quarter Masterplan consisting of teaching and research facilities for the University of Oxford. He was also appointed as Project Manager for the individual faculty buildings on the site. This included the Humanities Faculty, the Mathematical Institute and Accommodation Buildings for Somerville College.

An emphasis was placed on uniting previously disparate Departments in order to increase interaction. Through collaborative sharing and developing of innovative ideas University members of all levels can focus on tackling problems of great significance. The buildings provide a warm and welcoming space for undergraduates, postgraduates, faculty and visitors to interact in both formal and informal scenarios through the provision of state-of the- art lecture halls, teaching and seminar rooms and social areas. Following internal university-wide consultation, the draft Masterplan was approved by the University Council in May 2006. Formal discussions then continued with the City Council and other statutory consultees, such as English Heritage, following which additional changes were made, including the retention of the listed Outpatients’ building, which had originally been earmarked for demolition to make way for a striking piece of modern architecture as the gateway to the site.

The resulting revised Masterplan was approved by the University Council in February 2007 and submitted for public consultation between 5 March and 20 April 2007. As a result of this consultation process, a number of changes were made to the draft plan and a revised version was reviewed by the City Council in September 2008 and submitted to the University’s Council for endorsement in December 2008.