BAM and Dame Zaha Hadid team up on Oxford University project

BAM is to build an £11m addition to the University of Oxford’s Middle East Centre, which has been designed by architect Dame Zaha Hadid.

The contractor is due to start on site this month to deliver the Softbridge building at St Antony’s College.

The building contains three levels and a basement. It will feature a library and reading room; an auditorium with translation facilities; a café; and specialist archive storage rooms.

Hadid’s use of glass curtain walling and steel cladding will make the building a landmark within the renowned university and historic city. FSC-approved timber will be used for sustainability.

Dame Zaha Hadid worked with BAM on the award-winning Riverside Transport Museum in Glasgow.

BAM’s construction manager, Anthony Nagle, said: “We are delighted to be working with such universally respected architects as Zaha Hadid, and look forward to the challenge of making their stunning vision a reality.

“This project will provide first class learning facilities for the Middle East Centre at Oxford University while acting as a landmark befitting of the institution. We will ensure the scheme also benefits the local economy and environment.”

Work is due for completion in August 2014.

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