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Beard to build Science Oxford Educational Centre

26 Apr 17 Oxford-based construction firm Beard has been awarded a £5.6m contract to build a new science education and innovation centre in the city.

Artist’s impression of the completed facility at Stansfeld Park
Artist’s impression of the completed facility at Stansfeld Park

The Science Oxford Educational Centre will replace the former Stansfeld Outdoor Education Centre at Stansfeld Park in Headington Quarry, Oxford. The project is being developed by The Oxford Trust, an independent charitable trust that aims to encourage the pursuit of science and enterprise.

It will have the UK’s first indoor-outdoor science education centre for primary school-aged children, their teachers and families.

Set in 18 acres of woodland, the development will see the construction of the Science Oxford Educational Centre which will offer integrated indoor-outdoor science education facilities for children aged four to 12. It will also create the Wood Centre for Innovation, a 25,000 sq ft innovation centre for entrepreneurs and innovation businesses working in science and technology.

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Designed by Oxford-based ADP Architecture, the purpose-built facility will have photovoltaic solar panels on the Innovation Centre roof, a green ‘living roof’ on the education centre and a landscaped parking area.

“We are proud to be working on such an important educational project in the heart of our own city,” said Bill Taylor, construction manager for Beard Oxford. “As a company, we are strongly committed to providing opportunities for young people to learn and explore the world around them, inspiring them to follow careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). When completed in autumn next year, this facility will become a valued centre for aiding and inspiring young people, as well as providing support for entrepreneurs at the other end of the spectrum. We look forward to working with The Oxford Trust on this scheme.”

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