The New Physics Building

State of the art working space for theorists and high-tech laboratories for experimentalists

This step-change in the quality of the department's infrastructure will equip us for cutting edge science in the 21st century. Take a virtual tour ...

The basement laboratories will provide a high quality environment with very low vibration levels and excellent temperature control. Above ground there will be accommodation for theorists with the atrium containing a hierarchy of spaces suitable for discussion groups of a couple of people up to a dozen or more. The whole building will be linked to the existing Clarendon Laboratory at three levels.

Oxford City Council has granted planning permission for the building. The councillors praised the outstanding design produced by the architectural firm Hawkins Brown, its excellent employment of the available space, low environmental impact and low carbon footprint.

The total cost of the building and associated works will be about £40m. The University set us an initial target of £8m to be raised by 31st January 2015 in order for construction to go ahead. We have reached that target and have raised about £8.1m so far - so we are on track for the University to give the go-ahead for construction which we expect will happen in the Spring with works commencing in June. We are enormously grateful to everyone who has helped us reach the target.

It is not too late to contribute - every donation reduces the draw on the University's Capital Fund and consequently the recurrent ‘capital charge’ that the department will have to pay. This in turn provides crucial assistance to the long term sustainability of Physics in Oxford and directly supports our students and faculty in the scientific enterprise.

You can make a gift online at or, if you would like to contact someone about making a donation, by emailing