The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies was established in 1985 to encourage the scholarly study of Islam and the Islamic world. The Centre’s Patron is Prince Charles.
CampbellReith provided structural and civil engineering services for the project. One of Oxford’s boldest developments, the development took 11 years and more than £60m. The building is situated to the east of central Oxford on Marston Road.
This 129,167 ft² four-storey building includes residential accommodation and facilities for teaching and religious worship. A new underground car park was incorporated into the design to be located beneath the centre quadrangle.
Structural arches above openings and colonnaded walkways were built with vaulted brick and concrete ceilings. The prayer hall features a solid brickwork vaulted roof crowned by an 8 m high dome. The traditional double pitched roof is supported by large primary timber trusses.
The Centre blends the architecture of traditional Oxford colleges with a classical Islamic style. It includes a mosque with a striking dome and minaret, a new addition to the famous Oxford skyline.