Transforming our Site for our 125th Anniversary

This major programme of investment will ensure that our students’ experience is second to none. 

Our plans to transform St Hilda's site are progressing well. Preparatory work for our new buildings began on 7 August 2018. Our old Porters' Lodge closed for the final time and our Lodge Team is now welcoming visitors to our new Main Lodge on South Lawn. Hall Lodge, a second Lodge serving Hall Building, will be in place from October 2018. Preparatory work for our new Middle Common Room began in September 2018. It will be fully operational by mid-October.

Demolition of the old Middle Common Room and the old Porter’s Lodge began in the first week of October and will be completed by the middle of the month. Demolition of Milham Ford has begun. New pedestrian gates have been installed by the flagpole entrance to College. Work is being carried out to make them fully operational. 

St Hilda's development project will improve and increase our student accommodation, provide new social and teaching spaces, a new Middle Common Room, Porters’ Lodge and entrance by 2020. Across two sites, three distinctive new buildings will transform our College environment. Central to our plans is the creation of 125 new rooms for student accommodation. Our new buildings will contribute to creating a world-class centre of teaching and research in which our students can flourish.

The Oxford City Planning Committee West considered St Hilda’s planning application on 13 March 2018. The application was substantively approved, subject to later approval from the Committee in relation to certain design details.

Oxford City Council West Area Planning Committee, Tuesday 13 March 2018, 6pm

St Hilda’s College began discussions about the development of our site in 2015. We consulted widely with the full range of stakeholders, including our neighbouring colleges. We also worked closely with members of Oxford Design Review Panel, Historic England and the Environment Agency as our plans have developed. Historic England concluded that ‘the design of the new buildings has been refined during the pre-application process and is now an elegant and attractive set of buildings, which is well adapted to its context' (20 October 2017).

The Oxford City Planning Committee West considered St Hilda’s planning application on 13 March 2018. The scheme was complimented by several members of the Committee during a detailed discussion. It was substantively approved at the meeting, subject to later approval from the Committee in relation to certain design details.

We thank the Committee for their encouraging words and all members and friends of St Hilda’s for their support.

St Hilda's Tower from Cowley Place evening viewView from South LawnView from the riverEntrance ViewConcept design: North lawn