Life and Mind Building granted planning consent

External visual of the Life and Mind Building

The £200m project will provide world-class facilities for around 1,200 researchers and 800 students in the biological and psychological sciences.

It replaces the Tinbergen building, whose demolition was completed last year. Work on the new construction will now proceed, managed by Oxford University Development, the partnership between the University and Legal and General aimed at enabling the University to achieve the ambitious goals for research, innovation districts and student and staff housing set out in its most recent Strategic Plan. This is the first project to go ahead under the partnership.

Designed by architects NBBJ, the Life and Mind Building will house the Experimental Psychology department as well as a new Biology department, including Plant Sciences and Zoology. It is intended to facilitate interdisciplinary research that will help address crucial global challenges such as preserving and living with biodiversity, finding new ways to manage conflict and promote cooperation, and discovering nature-based solutions to the problems humanity faces.

It has also recently been announced that chemicals giant Ineos has donated £100m to the University to create a major new institute that will carry out collaborative research aimed at combating the growing global threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) which currently causes an estimated 1.5 million excess deaths each year - a number that could exceed 10m by 2050 if the problem is not addressed. The Ineos Oxford Institute for AMR Research (IOI) will be based at two sites - the Life and Mind Building and the Department of Chemistry.

For more information on the Life and Mind Building, please visit the project website