Big Data Institute at University of Oxford officially opens
16 May 2017
The University of Oxford’s Big Data Institute (BDI), which officially opens today, is set to be an international centre of excellence for the analysis of large and complex biomedical data.
From left to right: Philip Hammond MP - Chancellor of the Exchequer, Chris Patten - Chancellor of the University of Oxford, and Li Ka Shing - principal funding contributor for the BDI building.
CPC was appointed by the University as Employer’s Agent, Project Manager, Principal Designer and Soft Landings co-ordinators to oversee the construction of this pioneering building, on its Old Road campus site. The BDI provides 7,500 sqm of accommodation over four storeys, and will cater for 552 staff from the research departments within the University of Oxford.
The programme of work was delivered within a challenging construction market and to a tight timescale over 24 months, starting with the demolition of the existing estate. The compressed fit out programme, included an underground labyrinth to self cool the building, a Main Equipment Room (MER) with 32 computing racks and rear door , and the largest public art sculpture in Oxford: ‘Origin’.
Jon Odell, CPC Associate Partner said: “Our team has been meticulous in leading and managing this large, complex building project. The official opening today, marks a key milestone in the delivery of the University’s decade long Capital Masterplan.”