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How the activity of nerve cells underpins our mental lives is being researched in the new Oxford Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour.

Very specialist optic and fly labs have been designed by Hawkins\Brown to allow for electrophysiological and optical techniques to be used in examining the structure and function of the nervous system.

In contrast to the clinical lab areas, a separate floor of write-up, seminar and office space was designed using natural materials and colours.

The existing 1970s building was stripped back to its concrete core and majorly upgraded with a new insulated roof, wall linings and curtain walling system and new sustainably designed services, improving its energy performance by 63% and achieving BREEAM Very Good.

“I’ve never seen a science building as beautiful and functional as this one.”

Head of Neuroscience, Wellcome Trust

Project Summary


  • S-Lab Awards 2015 - Environmental Improvement - Shortlisted
  • BD Architect of the Year Awards 2012 - Refurbishment - Shortlisted
  • AJ Retrofit Awards 2012 - Higher Education Category - Shortlisted

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