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Oxford Centre Islamic Studies - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies is the first institution in Western Europe for the academic study of Muslim society. The extraordinary brief for this unique project required the construction of a building that would last for more than 1000 years. The 10,230m², four-storey Centre is also the largest stonework project seen in the UK for some time.

The stone had to satisfy rigorous aesthetic, quality and structural requirements, while remaining within a tight budget, available and consistent – and a further challenge was that the material typically has a long procurement lead time. The solution from the Ridge team of experts was to procure the stone in advance of procuring the main contract, seeking tenders from the best suppliers across Italy, France, Bulgaria and the UK.

With a construction value of £80 million, the Centre is a complex building. The structure is composed of traditional load-bearing masonry, with brickwork and stonework used to meet aesthetic and load-bearing requirements, and considerable mechanical and electrical services installations throughout. The Centre includes:

  • An environmentally-controlled archive for rare documents.
  • A mosque featuring extensive use of stone, marble and hardwood joinery, as well as a minaret.
  • A lecture theatre featuring beautifully detailed hardwood panels.

In order to ensure the longevity of the Centre, an intelligent design allows for many materials and building systems to be replaced over time. To successfully deliver construction of the complex scheme, Ridge adopted a traditional approach to procurement to allow the phased construction programme to be as flexible as possible, with phases overlapping where necessary.

The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, which is recognised by the University of Oxford, was completed successfully and looks forward to the future.

Oxford Centre Islamic Studies - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

Oxford Centre Islamic Studies - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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Oxford Centre Islamic Studies - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

Oxford Centre Islamic Studies - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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Oxford Centre Islamic Studies - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

Oxford Centre Islamic Studies - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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