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Building Consultation

A new Centre for Oxford


Presenting our initial plans to build a new Centre for the Humanities which is open to the public, ahead of submitting a planning application in the coming year.

Creating a world-class Centre for the Humanities

Our proposal for the new Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities, located in the centre of the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter in Oxford, is currently at the pre-planning stage. We held an initial public consultation which ran from 18 November to 9 December 2020. 

You can view the exhibition boards from that consultation in full here.


Environmental sustainability will be a priority for the new building, and specific targets for energy consumption of the building will be agreed.

During the design phase, the following sustainability issues will be considered and addressed:

  • Passivhaus principles to achieve a highly sustainable and efficient building, minimising energy use and carbon dioxide emissions, and reduce embodied carbon where possible.
  • Design for long life, low environmental impact, low maintenance, flexibility and end of life recycling.
  • Reduce water consumption.
  • Support biodiversity gain by suitable gardening, swift nests, green roof, beehive, etc.
  • Promote and support sustainable travel modes focusing on walking and cycling.
  • Offer infrastructure for high-quality video conferencing.
  • Addressing infrastructure for efficient waste and resource management. 

Next steps

We will continue to evolve the design proposal for the new building, taking into consideration comments received from the initial public consultation. The intention is to undertake a second public consultation once the design has progressed and prior to the submission of a planning application.

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