Transforming our Site for our 125th Anniversary

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

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. 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. The building programme will also create new seminar and lecture rooms as well as a new Middle Common Room and College Chapel. These will provide an excellent environment for our students to flourish and raise St Hilda's profile as a world-class centre of teaching and research.

We are now working with Gort Scott, the winners of our invited design competition, to develop the concept and move the process forward. You can see more of the concept designs here. Subject to planning approval, we hope that it may be possible for construction to commence in the late summer of 2018. We will be holding consultation meetings with our neighbours and stakeholders before a planning application is made.

In 2015, St Hilda's College held an invited design competition in which five shortlisted architectural firms were asked to produce concept designs for the new gateway to the College, approached from Cowley Place. Having considered five very strong designs from the short-listed architectural firms, members of Governing Body felt that Gort Scott’s concept design most suited St Hilda’s riverside location and the ‘feel’ of the College. Shown here, the concept design features include a slender tower that will announce the entrance to the College on Cowley Place, rooftop gardens, and a riverside pavilion.

"The selection of Gort Scott is an exciting moment for St Hilda's as this development will transform the College's public face, refresh our rare and lovely riverside setting, and provide much-needed modern spaces and amenities.
Gort Scott won the College over because their concept design displayed the most intuitive and natural fit to our organic site. Though this initial design will be refined and developed in the coming months, the scheme is sympathetic to the garden feel of the College: opening up new vistas and allowing the space to flow. It also positions the College more elegantly on Cowley Place, improving St Hilda's visibility within Oxford."
Professor Sir Gordon Duff, St Hilda's College Principal

Take a look at some of the media coverage received so far and check back for regular updates.

Architect's Journal

The Oxford Times

The Cherwell


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