Our new teaching building


The University received planning permission for a new teaching building on the Headington Hill site in 2018. There was a necessary delay to the project as historical asbestos was discovered in the ground where the new teaching building was to be situated.

Now that work has taken place to safely remove the asbestos from the ground, an additional basement floor will be added under the building to fill this newly created space. Alongside other minor changes to the external appearance of the building, the University submitted an application to amend the original planning permission in late December 2021.Other than the new basement floor, the building remains the same size as previously proposed and its height is unaltered - planning permission for the amended scheme was granted in June 2022.

The new teaching building will help to facilitate the relocation of the Faculty of Technology, Design & Environment activity, which currently takes place on the University’s Wheatley Campus, by September 2024. Further details on the workshop building proposed for the site can be found on our dedicated webpage.

Where can I find out more?

Details of the application to amend the original planning permission for the proposed teaching building is available on the Oxford City Council webpages.

In addition to the information on these dedicated webpages, the University hosted an online public webinar on the workshop building 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.