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Work starts on David Morley's Oxford Uni China Centre

David Morley Architects has released the first images of the new £16 million Dickson Poon Building for the University of Oxford

The project, which began on site earlier this week, will provide Oxford University with a dedicated building for the study of China.

The building’s academic and residential facilities are arranged around a sunken linear courtyard in a series of three linked pavilions, designed to break down the scheme’s scale and relate it to the surrounding college and residential accommodation.


The ground, first and second floors contain a mix of professional office and research space, teaching rooms and meeting rooms, with a 100 person lecture theatre and library placed on the lower ground level. 

On the upper levels 63 student study-bedrooms, all en-suite, grouped in flats with self-contained kitchen facilities are arranged with views out to the surrounding garden spaces.

A large 200 seat dining hall and commercial kitchen provides catering for the wider College.


Project data

Start on site October 2012
Date of completion April 2014
Gross internal floor area 5,500 m2
Cost £16 million
Form of contract JCT Single Stage Design and Build Contract 2011          
Client St Hugh’s College
Project manager Gleeds
Main contractor Galliford Try
Structural engineer AKS Ward
Services engineer CBGC
Quantity surveyor Davis Langdon
Planning consultant JPPC
CDM-C Scott White and Hookins
Landscape architect LUC
Feng shui Feng Shui Agency


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