St Hilda's College's new buildings win an Oxford Preservation Trust award

3rd November 2021

Our Anniversary Building and Pavilion have been recognised by Oxford Preservation Trust in their 2021 awards. Each year, the OPT Awards celebrate the contribution that buildings and environmental projects can make to Oxford’s character, its streets and its green spaces. St Hilda's won a Oxford Preservation Trust award for new buildings.

The building project that has transformed our site began in 2018. This major redevelopment has enhanced the experience of our College for those studying, living and working here. It has provided more undergraduate accommodation, a Middle Common Room for graduate students, a multi-faith room, high-quality teaching, office and social spaces, and a new Porters’ Lodge and main entrance that has revitalised the College's profile on Cowley Place. Redesigned gardens have embedded the buildings in the distinctive green space of St Hilda’s riverside setting.

The Rev Prof William Whyte, Chairman of the Awards Panel said:

This year proved to be extraordinarily rich in projects. Taken together, the judges viewed something like 60 entries: all of them interesting, many of enormous merit, and some of exceptional quality. As we review the winners, we can confidently celebrate the continued commitment of so many people to the preservation and improvement of Oxford's environment.

This year, indeed, it is a particular pleasure to highlight the achievements of all those who managed to do all this despite the crisis caused by COVID. From the clients who kept faith in their projects to the contractors who kept going despite the problems; from the planning experts who magically shifted on-line in an instant to the workers who bravely continued to work on during lockdown: we really do salute you all.

We are delighted that the new buildings and our work and that of Gort Scott architects and Beard construction has been recognised by Oxford Preservation Trust. Find out more

St Hilda's Tower Entrance photo by Nick KaneSt Hilda's Tower Entrance photo by Nick KaneSt Hilda's Pavilion and Anniversary Building photo by Nick KaneSt Hilda's Pavilion photo by Nick Kane