Radcliffe Science Library South Parks Road Oxford OX1 3QP
22 May 2020
Refurbishment and alteration of the Radcliffe Science Library, Abbot’s Kitchen and west wing of the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (D1 use) to enable use as a graduate college, museums’ collections teaching and research centre and library (D1 use). External works to include creation of new lift extension between Jackson Wing and Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, installation of new roof mounted plant equipment, insertion of new entrance to eastern elevation of Worthington Wing, creation of an accessible entrance to south elevation of Jackson Wing including remodelling of existing footpath, new landscaping, provision of cycle parking and external bin store. (amended description).
We consider this to be an exemplary application in terms of the volume, clarity andpresentation of the information supplied. The proposals will have a minimal effect on the public realm whilst refurbishing and re-purposing existing buildings whose architecture has been well respected. We might suggest that the restricted-access car parking bays should be provided with re-charging facilities for electric vehicles. We would also express some disappointment that the Oxford Civic Society was not invited to the pre-application private or public presentations, as is usual with University and College development proposals.