Oxford University reconsiders library plan for Radcliffe Infirmary site

The Oxford Times: Oxford University reconsiders library plan for Radcliffe Infirmary site Oxford University reconsiders library plan for Radcliffe Infirmary site

OXFORD University has said it is reconsidering certain aspects of its landmark humanities building because of the “massive” cost.

Work on the £40m library – which would complete the £200m Radcliffe Observatory Quarter – has been on hold for around two years.

The university already has planning permission for the building between Woodstock Road and Walton Street but Mike Wigg, its director of capital projects and property management, has revealed that it is thinking again about some aspects of it.

Addressing a meeting of the Jericho Community Association this week he said: “It is still the intention of the Humanities Division to occupy the space but the capital investment on that is massive and some of the ideas are under reconsideration.”

At the moment, the area where the humanities building should be is boarded up.

Once complete the building would include teaching, research and study space as well as two floors of library space and three large lecture theatres.

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9:14am Sun 4 May 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

They should build a large multi-storey car park at that spot.

After 25 years, it will have brought in enough income to cover demolition and to pay for a new library (if one is still required).
They should build a large multi-storey car park at that spot. After 25 years, it will have brought in enough income to cover demolition and to pay for a new library (if one is still required). Andrew:Oxford
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8:14pm Sun 4 May 14

The New Private Eye says...

In these times of E-Media why would anyone require a library at all, let alone one costing £40 mil?
In these times of E-Media why would anyone require a library at all, let alone one costing £40 mil? The New Private Eye
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12:48am Mon 5 May 14

Myron Blatz says...

Surely it would make more sense to build high-rise student accommodation instead - and free-up suburban housing (especially in East Oxford) for people who actually work, pay council and income taxes, and generally integrate and contribute toward developing local communities.
Surely it would make more sense to build high-rise student accommodation instead - and free-up suburban housing (especially in East Oxford) for people who actually work, pay council and income taxes, and generally integrate and contribute toward developing local communities. Myron Blatz
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5:14pm Tue 6 May 14

The New Private Eye says...

The Poly already control East Oxford and Headington, and now The University want to take over the city centre. The only option for the locals that you describe above is to move out and allow them both free reign. We count for nothing in the great scheme of things in Oxford
The Poly already control East Oxford and Headington, and now The University want to take over the city centre. The only option for the locals that you describe above is to move out and allow them both free reign. We count for nothing in the great scheme of things in Oxford The New Private Eye
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