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Scott Brownrigg joins our Oxford 'Science Cities' forum


CGI of Scott Brownrigg's design for new laboratory and office buildings, with public realm at the Oxford Science Park


Future Cities Forum is delighted to welcome back Ed Hayden to our 'Science Cities' forum at St John's College, Oxford. He leads teams of architects and technicians, and focuses on championing sustainable design and design quality, particularly within the life science and offices sectors within the practice.

Graduating from Plymouth University with distinction, Ed gained experience in architectural design for a broad range of media, creating virtual architecture and visionary projects for everything from web based media to film and television. Ed has significant cross-sector experience including research and laboratory, offices, residential, student accommodation, defence, transport and education.


Ed was responsible for the design for the ultra low energy CABI Headquarters in Oxford and the Carbon Minus home for the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Woolwich.

Recent projects include Plot 1-21 Cambridge Science Park; Cambridge Science Park Bio-Hub; Arm Headquarters, Peterhouse Technology Park; St George's College Activity Centre; a new HQ and reactor facility for First Light Fusion; and the refurbishment of Victoria Gate (winner of the BCO Regional for Refurbished/Recycled Workplace). Ed has recently worked on a low-carbon timber office concept with Stora Enso and won in a design competition the new laboratory quarter for Oxford Science Park

Scott Brownrigg was appointed to design three buildings on The Oxford Science Park (TOSP), each providing headquarters – office and laboratory facilities – for leading science and technology companies. This additional capacity supports the growth of existing occupiers, providing flexibility with their space requirements, and enabling new companies to join the Park’s unique community. Wellbeing, biodiversity and sustainability was to be at the heart of the design process.


In Wallingford, Oxfordshire, the firm was challenged to design a low carbon headquarters for not-for-profit international organisation CABI. CABI apply scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. For the past thirty three years the first has been based in an old school building that required a high level of maintenance. Scott Brownrigg's new design provides a two-storey, low carbon office that integrates an experimental bio-diverse landscape with a new collaborative flexible working environment. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the building responds to its surroundings with a living roof, which will attract insects and birds and enhance biodiversity. Inside, it hosts up to 180 members of staff, who are provided with a range of amenities including a café restaurant, meeting rooms and conference room / auditorium.



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