Radcliffe Humanities, formerly the Radcliffe Infirmary, was officially opened on Monday by the Vice-Chancellor and Head of Humanities. Two public paths through the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter have been promised, one of which is already open.

Radcliffe Humanities, formerly the Radcliffe Infirmary, was officially opened on Monday by the 
Vice-Chancellor and Head of Humanities. Two 
public paths through the Radcliffe Observatory 
Quarter have been promised, one of which is 
already open.
The building already houses the Humanities 
Divisional Office, the Faculty of Philosophy, and 
the Philosophy and Theology Libraries. Work 
on the Maths building in the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter is due to finish by Michaelmas 
Term 2013. The project is currently on time and 
budget.
At the official opening of Radcliffe Humanities, Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Hamilton and Head of Humanities Professor Shearer 
West cut a ribbon, a flag was raised, and the replica of the 1858 fountain of Triton was turned 
on. The new statue cost £45,000; the original is 
to be housed indoors in the Observatory Quarter.
A University spokesman described the event 
as “well attended by those involved in the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter project and other interested people.”
The spokesman added, “There will be two 
public walkways across the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, allowing the public easier access 
between Woodstock Road and Walton Street.
“There are currently no plans to use the  Radcliffe Humanities for public displays. But there 
will be public artworks on the R.O.Q. [Radcliffe 
Observatory Quarter] and a number of events 
and lectures in various buildings to which all 
will be invited.”
Mike Wigg, Head of Capital Projects at Estates 
Services, said, “The project has largely taken 
the building back to the layouts that were in 
place when the building was first constructed. 
The end wings, which were ward blocks, have 
been converted into open-plan office areas, so 
in many ways we have kept the original concept 
of the design.”
The Blavatnik School of Government, which 
currently occupies the former Philosophy 
Library on Merton Street, is also due to have 
a new building in the Radcliffe Observatory 
Quarter, though planning permission has not 
yet been granted. 

The building already houses the Humanities Divisional Office, the Faculty of Philosophy, and the Philosophy and Theology Libraries. Work on the Maths building in the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter is due to finish by Michaelmas Term 2013. The project is currently on time and budget.

At the official opening of Radcliffe Humanities, Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Hamilton and Head of Humanities Professor Shearer West cut a ribbon, a flag was raised, and the replica of the 1858 fountain of Triton was turned on. The new statue cost £45,000; the original is to be housed indoors in the Observatory Quarter.

A University spokesman described the event as “well attended by those involved in the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter project and other interested people.”

The spokesman added, “There will be two public walkways across the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, allowing the public easier access between Woodstock Road and Walton Street.

“There are currently no plans to use the  Radcliffe Humanities for public displays. But there will be public artworks on the R.O.Q. [Radcliffe Observatory Quarter] and a number of events and lectures in various buildings to which all will be invited.

”Mike Wigg, Head of Capital Projects at Estates Services, said, “The project has largely taken the building back to the layouts that were in place when the building was first constructed. The end wings, which were ward blocks, have been converted into open-plan office areas, so in many ways we have kept the original concept of the design.”

The Blavatnik School of Government, which currently occupies the former Philosophy Library on Merton Street, is also due to have a new building in the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, though planning permission has not yet been granted.