Aims and Objectives
We have embarked on a major redevelopment of accommodation and facilities for our students and staff on the College site. Undertaken in two phases, the planned building programme will significantly enhance the experience of St Hilda’s as a place to study, live, and work. In particular, it will guarantee on-site accommodation for all undergraduate students who wish to live in College for the duration of their degree. It will transform the Middle Common Room for graduate students and provide new teaching, office and social spaces. Redesigned gardens will embed the new buildings in the distinctive green space of St Hilda’s riverside setting.
Phase 1 transforms the front of the College site. It includes a new boundary building (replacing the old Porters’ Lodge and Middle Common Room) and a riverside pavilion (replacing Milham Ford). It will increase our student accommodation, offer new social and teaching spaces as well as a new chapel, and provide a new Middle Common Room, Porters’ Lodge and main entrance to the College, transforming the profile of St Hilda’s on Cowley Place.
We expect Phase 2 to transform the rear of the site. Initial project planning is under way to determine what it will provide. It will include new undergraduate accommodation. We are considering the capacity for an auditorium and seminar rooms to support teaching and research. Subject to planning, we anticipate this being available for academic year 2022/23.
Demolition of the old main entrance, Porters’ Lodge, Middle Common Room, and Milham Ford is complete.
The main entrance to St Hilda’s – for access to South Building, our accommodation buildings Garden, Christina Barratt, and Wolfson, and the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building – is now via the flagpole gates at the very end of Cowley Place. Our Lodge Team welcomes all visitors to the College site in our Main Lodge on South Lawn. As it no longer possible to walk across the site between South Building and Hall Building, a subsidiary Hall Lodge serves the entrance to Hall Building from Cowley Place. The Middle Common Room has been installed on the lawn of Garden Building. An interim chapel space has been created in South Building. Take a look at our construction updates in pictures.
Oxford has become one of the least affordable cities in the UK for housing... a College room can be as effective as a bursary, saving a student more than £1,500 over an academic year.
Milham Ford building has been demolished. It will be replaced with a Riverside Pavillion overlooking the Cherwell. The Pavilion will provide new tutorial and seminar facilities and social spaces.