The Tinbergen building, which currently houses the departments of Zoology and Experimental Psychology, is to be demolished, Oxford University has announced. The facility will be replaced by a new life sciences centre for the Departments of Plant Sciences, Experimental Psychology and Zoology.The presently empty Tinbergen building had to be evacuated in February 2017 after the discovery of asbestos that could not be disposed of while the building was still in use, causing some disruption to students and staff. The departments were subsequently moved into temporary accommodation.The building is set to be destroyed after current work to remove asbestos is completed. Construction work will then begin for the new centre, and is expected to continue into 2022.Although the centre is unlikely to open in time for some students to use the new facilities, many have been positive about the plans.One Biological Sciences student said: “I think it will improve biology because at the moment our buildings aren’t that modern so it will be nice to have a modern one.”Staff have also expressed excitement at the prospect of new facilities.The Head of the Department for Plant Sciences, George Ratcliffe, said in a recent department newsletter that “there would be clear benefits in bringing two organismal biology Departments under the same roof”.However, the announced destruction of the Tinbergen building, regarded in Oxford as a brutalist landmark, has drawn concern from the Oxford Brutalist Society, who say they are “devastated at the university decision to destroy the Tinbergen building” and expressed concern that “concrete masterpieces are continually knocked down with no regard to their architectural significance”.Oxford City Council is in consultation regarding the plans for the new building, and Oxford residents are to have an opportunity to comment on the issue in 2019.The University has been contacted for comment.
As the number of deaths caused by Tuesday’s 7.1-magnitude earthquake in Mexico rose above 100, the government of Costa Rica offered aid to the stricken nation.“The National Emergency Commission (CNE) has activated its national protocols for humanitarian assistance including the assignment of 70 specialists, in addition to logistical support, as soon as it is required by the government” of Mexico, CNE president Iván Brenes said in a statement.Search-and-rescue teams composed of members of the Firefighters’ Corps, Red Cross, Social Security System (Caja), National Police and CNE stand at the ready, the statement said.President Luis Guillermo Solís, who is in New York at the UN General Assembly, expressed his solidarity with the people of Mexico.The powerful earthquake rocked Mexico, toppling buildings in the capital and sowing panic on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake. The toll from the authorities was preliminary and could rise, as rescue crews and volunteers in Mexico City – home to 20 million people – clawed through the rubble of collapsed buildings looking for survivors and bodies. Related posts:UPDATED: Mexico reels in response to 7.1 earthquake At Mexico-US border, pope decries migrant ‘tragedy’ Strong earthquake off El Salvador felt in Costa Rica 2018: A big year for Latin American elections Read more about this developing story here. Facebook Comments