The Chemistry Teaching Laboratory (CTL) is the new state of the art facility for the University of Oxford’s Department of Chemistry. The CTL is housed in a new contemporary extension and partial refurbishment of the Sir Leslie Martin designed, Tinbergen Building, the largest teaching, research and specialist administration facility on the University Estate at the time.
The design maintains the integrity of the original ‘brutalist’ building by including grid/frame, stacked modular ‘bars’ and a strong reading of horizontal elements ‘floating’ above the ground plane. Characterised by concrete portals with a fine horizontal infill of white precast cladding, warm terracotta brise soleil and rain screen, there is clear empathy with the original work.
Students are offered a fully-integrated practical course where the three traditional areas of Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry are taught concurrently within the same laboratories. This was only achieved through a revolutionary design that grouped facilities by type rather than by traditional areas of Chemistry. The undergraduates will be some of the first in the UK to use the new generation of bench-top NMR spectrometers.
Each of the Laboratories are fully universally accessible and equipped with motorised, height adjustable fume cupboards and lab-benching to cater to the needs of wheelchair and non-disabled users who may either be shorter or taller than those suited to the standard operating heights. The project is also the first laboratory facility for the University of Oxford which harnesses corrosive waste heat as part of its sustainability commitment.