The redevelopment of Oxford University’s largest teaching and research building
The client approached us to oversee the demolition of the original Tinbergen building, which included complete asbestos removal, substantial infrastructure redevelopment and the reconfiguration and redesign of laboratory facilities.
We worked closely with the client throughout the tender process, navigating the planning application and drawing on our team’s expertise in the safe removal of asbestos.
During the build, the client requested ongoing meetings and reporting and so we created several bespoke tools to track progress, including monthly management reports, virtual site walk-arounds and co-ordination meetings with university staff and committee members to ensure the project met with user expectations.
To keep within the client’s budget, we collaborated with a cost consultant to provide a robust benchmarking comparison, choosing local architects and contractors that were most competent and economical.
Throughout this complicated, multi-year project, we provided the client with continual strategic advice. The final building will feature multiple laboratories, teaching spaces and research facilities for 800 students and 1,200 researchers.
'' An extremely complex project requiring commitment, dedication and expertise to work through all the logistical and programme challenges. The success of this project illustrates well what Bidwells can do.''
Dr David Prout, Pro‐Vice Chancellor (Planning and Resources) University of Oxford