Global Leadership Centre

Reimagining executive education

Osney Power Station

Just a few minutes walk from our main campus lies the former Osney Power Station. We are developing this much loved building to be an inspirational Global Leadership Centre. 

The teaching and residential facility will provide leaders of global business, government and civil society, with access to the University’s leading academics and brightest minds to help them reconsider their purpose as well as their operations. Business is a vital force in economies and societies. We will provide expert insights and perspectives to enable them to challenge existing systems and become a positive force to address environmental, social and governance issues and benefit society as a whole.

The space will provide an outstanding learning environment designed for the highest quality education. It will facilitate challenging conversations and practical innovation.

The centre will include:

  • An ‘agora’ - a large convening space
  • Flexible classrooms and associated breakout spaces
  • A library
  • Dining space for up to 160 
  • 121 bedrooms for residential clients
  • Wellness centre

Join us as we start our journey to create an inspirational Global Leadership Centre


Located within a few minutes’ walk of the Saïd Business School building on Park End Street, the Global Leadership Centre will not only form part of a mini business ‘campus’ on the doorstep of the main University area, but also complete the latest chapter in the  University’s long history of regeneration and innovation.


Consistent with the values of the school, the project aims to capitalise upon leading-edge thinking on sustainable development and proposes the use of a solar panel installation on the roof, green roofs, and bird and bat boxes. The scheme also adopts many of the Passivehaus principles for energy efficiency, as well as those from the WELL standard to optimise health and well-being. We will use electric vehicles to service the building. 

Its location next to the railway station, and reduced parking facilities, will also encourage the use of public transport for visitors.


Osney Power Station is an important part of Oxford's industrial heritage. It opened on 18 June 1892 on an island site within the River Thames approximately one mile to the west of Oxford’s city centre and powered the first electric lightbulb in Oxford. 

The power station closed in 1968 and apart from some use by Oxford University’s Engineering Department, and most recently for some museum storage, has stood empty since.

It is not listed but is a building of considerable character and presence much loved by residents with its brick faced elevations. The characteristics will be respected and retained to reflect the architectural history of the building.

Latest news


August 2022 - Centre wins a major international architecture award.

July 2022 - Roof removal work started.

June 2022 - Internal demolition of old coal hopper, and the safe removal of asbestos.

May 2022 - Cofferdam removed.

April 2022 - Flood prevention work completed.

January 2022 - Structural support work and restoration of original windows.

December 2021 - Cofferdam (temporary dam) constructed for flood prevention work.

November 2021 - Site preparation complete.

September 2021 - Main contractor appointed, John Grahams Construction Ltd.

November 2019 - First stage of site preparation work commenced.  

September 2019 - Oxford City Council approved planning permission.

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