Big Data Institute  |  University of Oxford


Client   |   University of Oxford
Size      |   7,500 sqm
  • –  Bespoke Thermal Modelling
  • –  Part L and Energy Consultancy
  • –  LZC Feasibility
  • –  Thermal Comfort Analysis
  • –  Building Physics Analysis
  • –  Thermal Façade Design
  • –  Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis
  • –  Daylight Analysis
  • –  Natural Ventilation Studies


The Big Data Institute building is a 7,500 sqm state-of-the-art research facility and 320kW onsite data centre at Oxford University’s Old Road Medical Research Campus.  The facility focuses on the analysis of large, complex, heterogeneous data sets for research into the causes and consequences, prevention and treatment of disease.
Oxford University are keen to push the boundaries of sustainable design.  I was therefore heavily involved in developing the concept of the project, involving bespoke DSM, CFD, Thermal Comfort and Daylight analysis to optimise the building’s performance.   One of the core principles I instilled in the building’s concept was the capture and reuse of energy.  I also designed the building’s thermal labyrinth, a passive alternative to conventional cooling equipment, which helped the BDI to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating.