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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 next year.

Creating a world-class Centre for the Humanities

Welcome to our first public consultation which outlines the proposal for the new Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities, located in the centre of the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter in Oxford.

The proposal is currently at the pre-planning stage and we are inviting your feedback in order to inform the design process. This public consultation will run from 18 November until 9 December 2020.

You can view the exhibition boards in full here.

How to send your feedback

We need feedback from the Oxford community if we are to make this a building for the whole city. You can do that in several ways:

  1. By emailing your views to If you prefer, you can download this feedback form, fill it in, and email it to us.
  2. By posting your response to Humanities Building Public Consultation, Carter Jonas, Mayfield House, 256 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7DE.
  3. By calling 01865 615361.

Next steps

We will continue to evolve the design proposal for the new building, taking into consideration any comments received from this 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.

Thank you for the time you have taken to review these proposals.


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. 

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