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Herzog & de Meuron wins planning for Oxford government school

Swiss practice Herzog & de Meuron has won planning permission for its contentious Blavatnik School of Government scheme in Oxford

Oxford City councillors defied objections from local businesses to approve the high-profile £30 million scheme on Wednesday (8 May).

The university project will be built on Walton Street next to St Paul’s church inside the University’s Rafael Vinoly-masterplanned Radcliffe Observatory Quarter site.

Among the objectors was David Freud, the owner of a café inside the church, who complained the project would limit light to his premises and see nearby graves desecrated – reported The Oxford Mail.

however seven out of nine committee members voted in favour of the project which is sponsored by American industrialist and philanthropist Leonard Blavatnik

The ‘stacked’ semi-circular scheme is expected to complete in mid-2015.

Herzog & de Meuron's Blavatnik School of Government scheme in Oxford


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  • chris Dyson

    fits well in context almost classical in proportions and form the rotunda seen over roof tops most elegant

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  • I am excited about this project for Oxford - often steeped in tradition - and I support the bravery of the decision-makers. I hope the completed building does not disappoint and is as beautiful as the Prada building in Tokyo. Many of Oxford's finer modern buildings are hidden from public view, like St Catherine's College, so it is also inspiring to have this building contributing to the public realm on a busy street.

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