The Life and Mind Building at Oxford University

The Life and Mind Building at Oxford University

Contractual works completion

Moortown commenced works in April 2021, and have recently completed their contractual works in January 2022.

We have been working with main contractor Wates on a £200m project at The University of Oxford on their Life and Mind Building. 

It’s grand scale measures at 269,097 sqft and will be the University’s largest building project ever undertaken. Inside, it will provide many advanced research facilities for several departments including Plant Sciences and Zoology, by facilitating spaces for up to 2000 students and researchers. 

The aim of this new Life and Mind Building is to target critical Global Impact Themes such as ‘Living with biodiversity’, ‘Thriving on a healthy planet’, ‘Conflict and cooperation’ and ‘Nature-based solutions’.

A fascinating project for all involved.


Our work package included:

  • Archology attendance
  • Drainage diversions
  • Sewer connections
  • Demolition of reinforced concrete structures
  • 6,000m³ excavation including off-site disposal
  • Installation of piling platforms
  • Sheet piling attendance
  • Installation of drainage & ducting systems
  • Substation
  • Construction of large compound