Zaha Hadid Architects has completed its long-awaited extension to the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, Oxford
The 1,127m² curved shiny steel extension was first revealed to local residents back in 2007, and eventually won planning in 2009 but work on site didn’t start until four years later after funding issues caused delays.
The building which connects to the college’s existing Middle East Centre, curves around a protected tree on the site which had originally delayed the planning application.
The three-storey scheme features a 117-seat lecture theatre, reading room, archive, library, and offices.
The centre holds Oxford University’s collection on the modern Middle East – an archive of private papers and historic photographs used by scholars and researchers with an interest in the region.
Type of project higher education
Client Middle East Centre, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford
Architect Zaha Hadid Architects
Structural engineer AKTII
M&E engineer Max Fordham
Façade consultant Arup Façade Engineering
Cost consultant Sense Cost
Lighting designer Arup Lighting
Main contractor BAM
Fire engineer Arup Fire
Planning supervisor Jppc Oxford
Forestry and arboriculture consultant Sarah Venner
Access consultant David Bonnet
Landscape designer Gross Max
CDM consultant Andrew Goddard Associates
Acoustic consultant Max Fordham
Completion date June 2015
Gross internal floor area 1,127m2
Overall site area 1,580m2