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Artist impression of the front of the Tinbergen Building

Set in the heart of the University’s Science Area, the Tinbergen Building was designed by Sir Leslie Martin and built in 1970. The building is named after Nikolaas Tinbergen, a former academic at the University, and a joint recipient of the 1973 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. It is home to the internationally acclaimed Departments of Zoology and Experimental Psychology and also houses lecture theatres and a Biochemistry teaching laboratory.

The project will bring together research groups in state-of-the-art facilities including a new Translational Cognitive Neuroscience research centre and a new suite of developmental biology labs and offices. There will be improved spaces for groups working in marine biology, disease, evolution and biodiversity.  A two storey extension will house new custom-designed Chemistry teaching laboratories. Opportunities for research collaborations and sharing of teaching space will increase within and between the four departments.

As the project develops, this page will be updated so you can see how the project is progressing. Details of any potential impact on neighbouring buildings, road users and/or pedestrians will also be posted. If you are a member of staff or student at the University, you can access a dedicated SharePoint site which contains up-to-date details on the project, including anticipated disruption levels within the building over the coming few weeks. 

For further details about the scope of the works and the proposed plans, please take a look at the Consultation Boards. Please note that these were originally prepared to provide a broader scope than the current plans reflect. The timeline on the final page is also evolving and a more up-to-date timeline will be available in due course.

In case of any issues with noise levels, please contact Colin McAuley (Project Manager) on 07867 907584 in the first instance.  Please do not enter the site area yourself as this is a Health and Safety risk!

If you would like to give us your feedback on the project, including if you have been affected by any noise or disturbance, please email

TMP Rear of the BuildingArtist impression of the rear of the Tinbergen building