Ogden Centre Durham University


Location: Durham

Client: Interserve Construction

Value: £1.0 million

Duration: 19 weeks


The Odgen Centre For Fundamental Physics; This 3 Storey building for Durham University, was awarded by new client Interserve Construction.

The Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics, named after the benefactor businessman and Durham physics graduate Professor Sir Peter Ogden, is a world-leading centre of excellence in fundamental physics research at the University of Durham. It contains two research institutes:

  • The Institute for Computational Cosmology, ICC (on the fourth floor of the Ogden Centre).
  • The Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology, IPPP (on the second and third floor of the Ogden Centre).

With a programme duration of 19 weeks, the 2,500 m2 project included fair faced soffits and cores, inclined circular columns and sloping slab edges.

The project featured a unique twisted stacked slab arrangement, designed by architects Studio Libeskind. Durham University selected the renowned international Architect, Daniel Libeskind, of Studio Daniel Libeskind (SDL), who produced the master plan for Ground Zero, New York, to design the building.

The new facility enabled both University institutes to remain at the forefront of research, as they sought to advance the understanding of particle physics and the structure and evolution of the Universe.


  • High Quality fair faced soffits and cores
  • Inclined circular columns
  • Sloping slab edges, formed using a bespoke in-house variable angle bracket