Tinbergen building exterior photo
Location Science Area
Department(s) Experimental Psychology, Plant Sciences and Zoology
About the building

The University is developing plans for the construction of an exciting new building on the site of the existing, now empty, Tinbergen Building on the junction of St Cross Rd and South Parks Rd.

The provisionally-named Life and Mind Building will be the largest building project the University has ever undertaken. It will significantly improve the way psychological and biological science is carried out in Oxford, helping scientists to solve some of our major global challenges. It will be home to the Department of Experimental Psychology and a new Department of Biology, combining the existing departments of Plant Sciences and Zoology.

The Life and Mind Building will transform the education experience for students, providing laboratories for undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers, as well as lecture theatres, specialised support laboratories and opportunities for public engagement with our research. It will also aim to facilitate the University’s schools and public outreach through shared opportunities for art, exhibitions, lectures and conferences, offering a ‘window into science’.

Whilst it will occupy the same site as the existing Tinbergen building, it will enhance this gateway to Oxford’s Science Area and create an exciting public space with better connections to the surrounding area.

Practical completion Scheduled for summer 2024
Architect NBBJ
Main contractor To be appointed

Oxford City Council has approved the University’s planning application for the demolition of the existing Tinbergen building along with the enabling works to adjacent and adjoining buildings to allow redevelopment of the site. View our Building out future web pages to find out more about the Tinbergen building demolition. 

The University has submitted a planning application for demolition of the Tinbergen Building and enabling works to adjacent and adjoining buildings to allow redevelopment of the site.

A public consultation event took place on 17 and 18 May. The information boards showing proposals for the enabling and demolition works on the Tinbergen site and the emerging design for the new building are available to view online at www.ox.ac.uk/lifeandmind.

The project is now moving into development of the concept design of the building and extensive consultation with the people who will use it.

The University has appointed architects for the new provisionally named Centre for Life and Mind Sciences it plans to construct on the site of the existing, now empty, Tinbergen building.

Erith, the main contractor for asbestos removal and pre-demolition works, are happy to welcome any member of staff who would like to visit the site and find out about the asbestos removal work that is going on. 


The project team is ready to answer any queries you may have during the current phase of the project. In the first instance, email us at:


Estates Services Capital Projects

Paul Prince, Programme Manager


+44(0)1865 278761



Richard Jones, Head of Capital Projects


+44(0)1865 614809

Our on-site team


Toby Johnson, Project Manager




Main contractor for asbestos removal and pre-demolition works:

Aaron Porter, aaron.porter@erith.com