Transforming our Site for our 125th Anniversary

This major programme of investment will enhance greatly our future students’ experience at St Hilda's College. 

The two phases of our planned building programme will ensure that St Hilda’s students and Fellows can flourish in the best possible academic environment. Across two sites, three distinctive new buildings will transform our College environment by providing:

  • 125 new student rooms.
  • New tutorial and seminar facilities.
  • An auditorium for lectures and master classes.
  • A new Middle Common Room for graduate students.
  • New social spaces.

Phase 1 of 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 autumn 2020. Preparatory work for our new buildings began in the summer of 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 and to Hall Lodge, a second Lodge serving Hall Building. Our new Middle Common Room has been installed on South Lawn and is being used by MCR members. Demolition of the old Middle Common Room, the Porter’s Lodge and Milham Ford is complete. Pedestrian gates have been installed by the flagpole entrance to College for access to South Building, our accommodation buildings and the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building.

We welcome your involvement in shaping a new era for St Hilda’s. Find out how you can make a gift to St Hilda's 125th anniversary campaign. 

The Oxford City Planning Committee West considered St Hilda’s planning application for Phase 1 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. We are delighted to be taking this project forward.

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