Global Leadership Centre University of Oxford

Global Leadership Centre University of Oxford Building, The Saïd Business School

Global Leadership Centre University of Oxford

Oxfordshire Education Building Development, England – design by John McAslan + Partners

22 Nov 2017

Global Leadership Centre University of Oxford

Architects: John McAslan + Partners

Location: Osney Power Station, Oxford, England, United Kingdom.

Global Leadership Centre for the University of Oxford

John McAslan + Partners has been commissioned by one of the world’s leading business schools, the Saïd Business School at The University of Oxford, to transform the currently unoccupied Osney Power Station into the School’s new Global Leadership Centre.

Global Leadership Centre University of Oxford
image courtesy of McAslan + Partners

The Power Station holds a wealth of opportunities to create a dynamic environment as the centre for the School’s executive education provision. In particular, the riverside setting creates a unique opportunity for adaptive re-use and new build for both academic and residential amenities, creating an enclave which is both part of the urban Oxford scene whilst being suitably distinct and tranquil.

Professor Peter Tufano, Dean of the Saïd Business School, comments:

“John McAslan + Partners’ proposals show great vision: the practice’s interpretation of the brief effectively combines the existing historic fabric and world class contemporary design.”

Osney Power Station Oxford building
image courtesy of McAslan + Partners

Hannah Lawson, Partner at John McAslan + Partners, adds:

“We propose to harness the existing building’s distinctive characteristics, ensuring the powerful internal volume of the Power Station is retained as an open ‘agora’ – a vibrant collegiate quad at the heart of the facility for the interaction and exchange of ideas, while the residential amenities celebrate the exterior setting of the landscape, enhancing the external aspect and optimising views.

Global Leadership Centre University of Oxford
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”The proposed scheme seeks to identify opportunities for social space, break-out meeting spaces and areas for informal study. It is these vibrant ‘market places’ that will celebrate the diversity of the student’s cultural and educational specialisations, facilitating the cross-fertilisation of ideas, stimulating learning and development and promoting a real sense of community.Located on the banks of the River Thames in Central Oxford, Osney Power Station was the city’s first electrical power plant, open from 1892 to 1968.

Global Leadership Centre University of Oxford
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It was acquired by the University in 1969 and turned into a research laboratory for the Department of Engineering Science, where researchers performed cutting-edge experimentation in hypersonics and turbo-machinery. It was used for this purpose up until 2010.

The Saïd Business School is one of the world’s leading academic environments for the teaching of business, management and finance. Focusing on developing individual business skills in an environment of shared learning experiences is at the heart of Saïd’s mission.At the heart of Saïd Business School is an emphasis on high-quality, academic research.

Aiming to be a world leader in research, the School generates powerful ideas which address major topics at the interface of public policies, economic prosperity, international development and social equality.Research is organised into different subject areas, which reflect the expertise of our individual faculty members.

This world-class faculty, of around 60 members, can also be involved with one or more of our research centres. Many of the faculty are leaders in their field, and frequently engage with diverse groups and global organisations, while also supporting students and future scholars. Research projects at Saïd Business School are strategically important to develop a better understanding of the role of business in economies and societies.

Global Leadership Centre University of Oxford
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The School has an extensive network with leading universities, public agencies, governments and businesses – across the UK and internationally.

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