THE new Department of Earth Sciences building developed by Oxford University has won a top civil engineering award.

The building was joint winner of the Sustainability and Community Benefit Award at the ICE Thames Valley Engineering Excellence Awards.

Developed at a cost of £29.5m, the structure in South Parks Road has been designed to house state-of-the-art research instrumentation and accommodates 400 students and staff.

Howard Larkin, chair of the judging panel, said: “This major new teaching and research facility incorporates a number of innovative sustainable features and demonstrates excellence in terms of community benefit.”