A new 16,000 m2 medical research hub at the University of Oxford has received the green light from planners.
The £11.1m Oxford BioEscalator will become a catalyst for the translation and commercialisation of the university's medical and clinical research.
Designed by architect Make, the building will include flexible medical research laboratory facilities and incorporate a public cafe, gym, range of meeting spaces, along with multi-storey car park for 456 cars and a delivery and waste consolidation centre.
The new building is part of the university’s expanded Old Road Campus, which features a number of existing medical research facilities.
Justin Nicholls, Make partner and lead project architect, commented: “This new social, cultural and functional hub, incorporating a world-leading innovation centre, will help drive forward discoveries in medical science by providing a focal point for interaction between researchers, clinicians and entrepreneurs, right in the heart of one of the world’s largest medical research facilities.”
Oxford University Pro-vice-chancellor Prof Ian Walmsley said: “The BioEscalator will provide the necessary space, support and guidance to nascent and new spin-out companies to give them the best chance to grow and become viable companies ready to move on to one of Oxford’s science parks.
“Importantly, by keeping innovations within the university for longer before spinning out, they will have a demonstrably higher chance of developing into sustainable companies.”
The new BioEscalator development is part of a £67m cash injection into four science hubs at Oxford University.