Bridge Labs

Planning application submitted for 140,000 sq ft of labs and offices on Hythe Bridge St

Forge_KN, a UBS and Reef joint venture, have submitted exciting plans to redevelop a gateway building adjacent to the station.

Oxford City Council will receive comments on the application to Friday, 3rd May 2024: planning applications : 24/00690/FUL COMM 

Bridge labs will deliver 140,000 sq ft of laboratories and office accommodation in the City Centre, replacing a 70’s office building and book storage facility known as Beaver House, with much needed, best-in-class flexible laboratories.

Forge_KN delivers and operates purpose-built accommodation for the knowledge sectors, from incubator to advanced manufacturing. In joining this platform, this Oxford site would sit alongside a network of other assets in Stevenage, Cambridge, Potters Bar and Boston Massachusetts.

The scheme will deliver key benefits for the City including:

  • Active ground floor frontages with science on show, animating the city centre approach.
  • Increase in width of pavement along Hythe Bridge Street.
  • £100m of regeneration delivering in excess of 700 new jobs.
  • Reduction in over 80 car parking spaces. The scheme will now only have two blue badge parking spaces and greatly improved cycle parking.
  • Significant carbon saving over the lifetime of the asset.
  • New community facility to be used for dance, arts and other flexible uses.
  • New pocket garden open to the public for people to use and enjoy.
  • New café fronting onto Frideswide Square.


Works are scheduled to start later this year.

Bridge Labs

Bridge Labs

Bridge Labs close dusk street view

Overhead view of Boatman’s Chapel community garden