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Chemistry Research Laboratory

Her Majesty The Queen opened the new £60 million Chemistry Research Laboratory on 20th February 2004. View the photographs from the day. The Premier Wen Jiabao of China and the King of Sweden recently visited the CRL too. Explore the "Virtual Tour of the CRL" which includes over 75 full-screen immersive panoramas.

This state of the art facility has five floors covering ~17,000 sq.m of laboratory and office space. The £60 million has been raised with grants from the JIF, Wolfson Foundation, EP Abraham Trust, Thomas Swan, the family of Landon T Clay, the Salters Company and a £20 million partnership with IP2IPO.


December 2002 As the construction continues a pace, staff and students were shown mock-ups of the new synthetic laboratories which they will be moving into in September 2003. See photographs of the lab space (photos)

18 June 2002 The topping out ceremony for the £60 million Chemistry Research Laboratory of the University of Oxford is to take place on Friday, 21 June 2002. The laboratory, due to open in July 2003, is the biggest building contract ever undertaken by the University (more info).

24 November 2000 An innovative £20 million venture has been formed by Oxford University and Beeson Gregory Group plc which will complete funding of the University's new £60 million Chemistry Building and assist the formation of new spin-out companies from research in the Chemistry Department (more info).

7 September 2000 Groundbreaking for the Chemistry Research Laboratory (more info & photos).

July 2000 RMJM presented to the Department of Chemistry the latest designs and layout of the Chemistry Research Laboratory (more info & powerpoint presentation).

7th December 1999 The JIF bid for the new Chemistry Research Laboratory has been approved in principle for support (more info).

October 1999 Architect plans were unveiled (more info & illustrations).

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