Beard go-ahead for £20m Rhodes House scheme

Aaron Morby 4 years ago
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Planners have given the go-ahead to expand Rhodes House, part of the University of Oxford.

The scheme, designed by architect Stanton Williams, will see contractor Beard build three new basements to create additional accommodation, increased office space, and a brand-new conference centre.

A central staircase will be installed inside the existing marble-clad rotunda to provide fittingly impressive access from ground level to the foyer of the new conference centre.

An all-new glass structure will also be constructed at ground level above the new office space and carbon-fibre reinforcement added to provide support to the existing structure.

With the bulk of the project involving works below ground level, it is anticipated that most of the Trust’s operations will continue as normal during construction.

New conference hall will be reached via a new stone spiral staircase from the entrance rotunda

The project is expected to take around 24 months to complete, enabling the new facilities to open in autumn 2022.

Residential courtyard for conference delegates

Dean Averies, director for Beard Oxford, said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime project. The Rhodes Trust is a world-renowned institution, and Rhodes House is a very special building in its own right.”

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