03 Mar 2017

Stansfeld Science Park gets the green light

ADP has won planning approval for Stanfeld Park, which is home to the UK’s first purpose-built science education centre for primary-aged children. It will also include the Wood Centre for Innovation - a new innovation centre that will provide much needed office space for local science and innovation grow-on companies. The surrounding 18-acre woodland, café and theatre are also part of the planned site which will be available for the local community to use.

The Science Education Centre and Wood Centre for Innovation will be arranged either side of a central entrance, which will contain a reception area, shared café, breakout areas and a viewing deck overlooking the surrounding woodland and a new balancing pond.   

The new single storey Science and Education Centre (SEC) will provide inspiring and informative hands-on science experiences for primary school-aged students and their families. This is designed to accommodate a variety of user groups, and provides an exhibition space, classrooms and a multi-use auditorium with retractable seating for 100 people. A green roof planted with grasses and wild flowers will enhance the biodiversity of the site. 

The Wood Centre for Innovation (WCFI) will provide lettable office spaces for start-up and grow-on science and technology companies, maximising the benefits of the site’s close proximity to Oxford Brookes University and the city’s health and data sciences quarter. The pitched roof of the two-storey building is designed to complement its woodland setting, and will create ‘loft-style’ offices on the first floor. Timber from native tree species is proposed for the wood cladding, which together with ‘living walls’ of climbing plants, will help the building integrate with its setting. 

A managed woodland environment will support the education centre and provide public access into this previously private location. 

The Stansfeld Park project represents a continued commitment by The Oxford Trust to invest in both science education and innovation for the Oxfordshire region. 

With plans now approved the Trust will start building in late Spring 2017.