Headington Hill

Update on plans to develop the Headington Hill site - 22 June 2022

We are delighted that planning permission has been granted for two important buildings on our Headington Hill site which will transform STEM and creative industries activity.

This exciting development will create cutting-edge, sustainable spaces that allow our students, staff and researchers to flourish, boost local collaboration and meet the needs of business. Given the uncertain economic climate currently being felt nationally and globally, this significant investment in innovative facilities to meet the future requirements of industry and entrepreneurism is particularly important.

The University undertook extensive engagement on these buildings and we would like to thank all those who contributed. 

We anticipate that enabling works for the buildings will begin from November before construction begins in January 2023. The University will provide further information on next steps in due course.


Overview of the proposed development of the site


To facilitate enhanced teaching, research and partnership opportunities, the University will be constructing a specialist workshop building on the Headington Hill site, next to the existing Richard Hamilton Building on the site's top car-park. This cutting-edge space will complement a new teaching building for our Headington Hill site. 

Planning permission was granted for both buildings in June 2021. 

As part of the decision to approve both applications unanimously, a member of the Planning Committee commented: “I think we’re very lucky in Oxford to have two superb universities. Both of the applications have had a real emphasis on reducing their carbon footprint and that’s just wonderful to hear. I’m especially excited to hear that there’s going to be some more science and engineering spaces at this University from now on.”

The new buildings will promote collaborative learning, research and partnership working across technology, engineering and the arts.

How can I find out more?

Watch a video for more on the new buildings - July 2022

In addition to the information on these dedicated webpages, a video was produced in July 2022 which sets out the two new buildings for the Headington Hill site. The video can be viewed on this webpage or viewed and downloaded as a file.

The University also hosted an online public webinar on the proposed workshop in February 2022. During this session, members of the University and colleagues with expertise on the proposed workshop development set out the plans in further detail and answered a range of questions. A recording of the webinar is available to view and download, and you can also separately download a copy of the slides used during the session.