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 wins planning for Oxford government school