Beard wins £11.5m Oxford college centre

Aaron Morby 4 years ago
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Beard has been awarded an £11.5m combined contract to create the city’s first dedicated access facility for welcoming prospective Oxford students and a new undergraduate centre at Wadham College.

Dr Lee Shau Kee Access Centre and William Doo Undergraduate Centre
Dr Lee Shau Kee Access Centre and William Doo Undergraduate Centre

Designed by AL_A Architects, the two centres will be built at the Parks Road site and have been sensitively scaled to fit with the College’s historic surroundings.

A significant part of the build will be manufactured off-site to reduce carbon miles and improve the speed, safety and quality of the construction.

The project will involve demolishing the above-ground levels of the existing junior common room and 1950s-built Goddard Building.

The existing basement level will be refurbished to house bike storage, a laundry room and a band music room. Lifts will provide full access to all four floors including the basement.

Housing the College’s extensive access and outreach programme, the three-storey Dr Lee Shau Kee Building will include 20 bedrooms with en-suites and a 50-seat seminar room, a meeting room and a music room.

Linked by an integrated walkway the William Doo Undergraduate Centre will provide student study areas, social break-out space, student kitchens, a café and bar, art room and an ‘e-hub’ with administration offices on the top floor.

Richie Carter, Beard contracts manager, said: “As the construction will be taking place in a live campus environment, our project team will be programming works to minimise their impact on the College’s day-to-day activities.”

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