Sherrington Quad – Oxford University, campus

The urban significance and sensitivity of the Physics CL2 site demands a respectful and carefully considered architectural and landscape response.  The confined urban site is highly constrained by the location of the existing notable buildings including Keble College and Chapel, the Clarendon Laboratory and Martin Woods Lecture Theatre, and also a mature cedar tree planted in 1880, Parks Road and the University Park.

The aim is to create a distinctive and high quality landscape environment; a new Quad for Oxford that will be of significant value and provide a setting for the CL2 building whilst acting as the front of house to the Science Area, contributing to the quality and diversity of the area.

The landscape strategy looks to establish the optimum site layout that is visually integrated within its setting and local context; provides opportunities for passive recreation and relaxation, considers security and safety inside and outside the science area campus, and allows comfortable and level access and circulation within and around the new Physics building.

The impressive Cedar tree will act as the focal point to the square with a raised system of pedestal paving using existing strip foundations to improve the porosity above the root zone. There is an opportunity to reference the history & heritage of the Blue Atlantic Cedar dating from the 1880’s with public art that responds to the genius loci.

Click here to view a 5 minute animation showing the design of the Clarendon Laboratory 2 (CL2) building.

Client: Oxford University
Architects: Hawkins\Brown
Landscape Budget: circa £1.15 million
Status: On Site

Sherrington Quad part of the Physics CL2 development for Oxford University

Sherrington Quad – Oxford University, campus

Sherrington Quad part of the Physics CL2 development for Oxford University

The urban significance and sensitivity of the Physics CL2 site demands a respectful and carefully considered architectural and landscape response.  The confined urban site is highly constrained by the location of the existing notable buildings including Keble College and Chapel, the Clarendon Laboratory and Martin Woods Lecture Theatre, and also a mature cedar tree planted in 1880, Parks Road and the University Park.

The aim is to create a distinctive and high quality landscape environment; a new Quad for Oxford that will be of significant value and provide a setting for the CL2 building whilst acting as the front of house to the Science Area, contributing to the quality and diversity of the area.

The landscape strategy looks to establish the optimum site layout that is visually integrated within its setting and local context; provides opportunities for passive recreation and relaxation, considers security and safety inside and outside the science area campus, and allows comfortable and level access and circulation within and around the new Physics building.

The impressive Cedar tree will act as the focal point to the square with a raised system of pedestal paving using existing strip foundations to improve the porosity above the root zone. There is an opportunity to reference the history & heritage of the Blue Atlantic Cedar dating from the 1880’s with public art that responds to the genius loci.

Click here to view a 5 minute animation showing the design of the Clarendon Laboratory 2 (CL2) building.

Client: Oxford University
Architects: Hawkins\Brown
Landscape Budget: circa £1.15 million
Status: On Site

Lighting Strategy for the quality public realm to Oxford University
Design development to the Quad
View from Sherrington Road - Image Courtesy of Visualisation One
Design development to the Quad
Oxford University 3d Model
©Hawkins\Brown
Oxford University mock up
©Hawkins\Brown
Oxford University Street
Physics CL2 as viewed from University Parks - Image Courtesy of Visualisation One
Cedar tree planted in the 1880's as the focal point to the Quad