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Oxford City Council's Strategic Development Control Committee has granted planning permission for the University of Oxford to build a new Department of Earth Sciences.

The new building, designed by Wilkinson Eyre will house the Earth Sciences Department of nearly 400 students and staff. It will include up-to-date teaching rooms, laboratories and administration offices. The 5000 square metre building will be constructed on the site of the old Central Chemistry building on South Parks Road.

The building is arranged as a simple diagram with a wing of highly serviced laboratories and a wing of academic offices separated by a stair--the hinge --and an atrium. A common room and terrace on the roof provides a key point for quieter private academic interaction amongst the earth scientists. The ground floor contains the more public activities: foyer, knowledge research centre, seminar spaces and undergraduate teaching labs.

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Wilkinson Eyre expects completion by Summer 2010. Project value: 29 million [pounds sterling].

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