Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences
The Chancellor, Master and Scholars of the University of Oxford
Níall McLaughlin Architects
Gardiner & Theobald
Images: © Nick Kane, and AECOM
The Grade II listed building, the site of the UK’s first accident and emergency service and the first administering of penicillin to a patient, has been refurbished to provide a new home for the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.
The project has added new, triple-height glazing to the front façade while retaining the surviving original features. New steel and glass mezzanine structures have been suspended from the reordered roof structures to provide additional floor space.
This project has revived an important old building in a way that really adds to its quality and long term value. The judges felt that the engineering interventions were made very sensitively and so carefully that they have enhanced the building. This is a great example of the value that intelligent and thoughtful structural engineering can bring to our historic building infrastructure.