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New Biochemistry - University of Oxford

Client: University of Oxford, Department of New Biochemistry

Contractor: Laing O'Rourke

Architect: Hawkins\Brown

The £49 million New Biochemistry building at the University of Oxford was supplied with its furniture by Oxford Contracts. The company has been supplying the University for several years but it was a combination of competitive tendering and an understanding of both the aspirations and the needs of the Biochemistry Department that saw the company win the opportunity to furnish this most prestigious building. This was in a series of developments by the University which has ambitious plans to fundamentally re-develop the Science Area.

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Oxford Contracts took the opportunity to introduce some truly innovative furniture which has considerably added to the overall effect of the building. Oxford Contracts were supported throughout the project by their principal manufacturing partner, Verco Office Furniture and it was their Oblique desking range which was selected as the basis for the office areas together with the Pop office chair. The clean lines of Oblique, finished in a white frame and with beech veneer tops, offer a crisp uncluttered feel to the working environment into which are placed some classically iconic pieces of furniture.

Specially designed for the building were a series of white tables from Verco which provided not only the restaurant areas but occasional areas throughout coupled with the vibrant colours of the Catifa chairs. Finally, not to be outdone, Oxford Contracts itself designed and manufactured a series of tables and benches for the roof garden and courtyard. This external furniture, under the name of Dura, has now become a standard product of the company.

Catifa chairs + table

Outside cafe table + chairs

“One of the challenges about this project was to procure items fitting out spaces that were not only acceptable to our prospective building users but also complemented the design aspirations for the building. Oxford Contracts understood our aspirations and were flexible enough to supply new ideas and new products to support this. “

Denis O’Driscoll
Associate Head of Department

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