Transforming our Site

Our major programme of investment will ensure that our students’ experience is second to none and that St Hilda’s will continue to be a College in a garden with a beautiful river frontage and uplifting views.

South GardenView of the Boundary Building and Riverside Pavillion from the opposite riverbankConcept design: North lawnSection of St Hilda's CollegeGort Scott presentation Gaudy 2017Gort Scott presentation Gaudy 2017

By transforming our site, we intend to improve and increase our student accommodation, so that St Hilda’s students can enjoy the same advantages as their counterparts at other Oxford colleges. Preparatory work for the new buildings began on 7 August 2018. Our temporary Porters' Lodge is in place on South Lawn and is being fitted internally. We hope that our Lodge Team will in their new short-term home by the end of August. We anticipate that preparatory work for our new Middle Common Room will begin in September 2018.

We began discussions about the development of our site in 2015. Since then, we have consulted widely with the full range of stakeholders, including our neighbouring colleges. We displayed our plans for transforming our site at our public exhibition on 19 and 20 May 2017 in the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building Foyer. This provided an opportunity to see how our plans have developed since their inception and to ask questions of us and of representatives from architects, Gort Scott, before we met with Oxford Design Panel Review. The project received positive support at this meeting on 25 May 2017. We made further presentations to our Senior Members and friends of the College on 24 June, and again at our Gaudy on 16 September 2017.

We have 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).

We submitted our planning application in the Autumn of 2017, following a summer of design refinement and collation of all necessary supporting documentation.

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

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.