The science education centre and innovation centre designed by architects ADP will be home to the UK’s first purpose-built science education centre for primary-aged children. It will also include the Wood Centre for Innovation - a new innovation centre that will provide much needed office space for local science and innovation grow-on companies. The surrounding 18-acre woodland, café and theatre that are also part of the planned site will be available for the local community to use.
Subject to planning, the new development will include:
A new Science and Education Centre (SEC) that will provide inspiring and informative hands-on science experiences for primary school-aged students and their families. The Trust will engage the knowledge and proven experience of the Science Oxford schools team, along with content partners, to create, develop and deliver exciting activities that combine both natural and physical sciences.
The Wood Centre for Innovation (WCFI) that will create lettable office space for start-up and grow-on science and technology companies, maximising the benefits of the site’s close proximity to Oxford Brookes University and the city’s health and data sciences quarter on the Old Road Campus in Headington. The Oxford Trust will capitalise on its expertise in innovation centres by ‘twinning’ the Stansfeld site with its existing central Oxford facility – The Oxford Centre for Innovation (OCFI) – to expand the much-needed capacity in the city and county.
A managed woodland environment that will support the education centre and provide public access into this previously private location. The Trust will work in partnership with environmental charity The Sylva Foundation to improve and manage the woodland. Sylva works across Britain caring for forests, to ensure they thrive for people and for nature, and supporting innovation in home-grown wood.
The Stansfeld Park project represents a continued commitment by The Oxford Trust to invest in both science education and innovation for the Oxfordshire region.
Steve Burgess, CEO for the Trust says: “The development of the Stansfeld site will give us the opportunity to expand the impact of our Science Oxford education and engagement programmes as well as providing badly-needed space in the city for science and technology grow-on companies. The development will also create a new space for local residents to enjoy.”
If planning is approved, the Trust will start building in late Spring 2017.