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.