New Earth Sciences Building

The Department's new building was one of the priorities of Oxford Thinking: The Campaign for the University of Oxford.

Our new home on South Parks Road hosts around 300 students, researchers, academics and administrative staff, and houses laboratories, offices, lecture and conference rooms and a well-stocked library.

Architecturally striking, the atrium features a 'narrative wall' where several types of stone have been laid in horizontal bands to reflect the work carried out in the Department.

This £38M project was designed by Wilkinson Eyre and built by Laing Rourke, and took just under two years to construct. The building was officially opened by Lord Rees of Ludlow on May 5 2011.

Energy efficient heating and cooling technologies are in place throughout the site, providing between 30-35% of energy requirements.

The building was funded by a combination of generous gifts from Earth Sciences Alumnus Gareth Roberts (St Edmund Hall 1971, BA Geology) and the Wolfson Foundation, alongside University funds.

Naming opportunites remain. If you would like to explore how a gift to the Department might leave a lasting impression on our working environment, please contact Claire Grainger.

Alumni of the Department are always welcome to visit us in our new home, and the building is open to Alumni visitors during normal working hours.