University of Oxford, Saïd Business School

Oxford, UK. 2022

John McAslan + Partners’ international competition-winning design of the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School will repurpose the former historic Osney Power Station. Harnessing the characteristics of the Victorian building, which is located on a canalised section of the River Thames near the centre of Oxford, the project will transform it into a world-leading residential learning complex for business leaders. The interventions will produce state-of-the-art teaching facilities and a 120-bedroom boutique residential wing within the vast shell of the 19th century building, with the striking original structural and spatial features retained as an open agora  a vibrant collegiate quad at the heart of the facility for the interaction and exchange of ideas. The key design move will open up the old turbine halls to create a single, highly evocative volume with upper levels and adjoining wings containing the high-quality residential accommodation. 

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'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.'

Professor Peter Tufano, Dean of the Saïd Business School

John McAslan + Partners. Saïd Business School. View from Canal.
John McAslan + Partners. Saïd Business School. Approach from Street.