Completed Accomodation Projects
The Oldham Building
The Oldham Building is the new name for the buildings formerly and fondly known as New Building and New Building Annex. The Jackson Building (New Building Annex) was completed in 1885, and the Powell and Moya designed New Building was constructed in 1968. Over the intervening years it become an increasingly unattractive compromise with rooms badly insulated and suffering from mould growth, poor heating in winter and overheating in the warmer months.
The refurbished structure owes only its external form and overall footprint to the Powell and Moya Design. The Oldham Building now provides 61 modern rooms, most of which are en-suite; all rooms have access to much improved kitchen facilities and a superb courtyard garden / performance area with a mini-auditorium. Access and safety have been much improved with increased cycle parking, better-lit entrance areas, and a much higher quality feel for the overall complex.
Planning and delivering a project of this nature required a significant effort and a project team was assembled that included: Project Manager, Architect, Structural Engineers, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Furnishing Designers, Heating and Ventilation Engineers and a host of other specialists. The programme of works was extended by many months in an effort to accommodate the quiet times needed within an academic institution; it was also a major challenge to ensure that we did not impede the operation of University or Oriel Colleges, or our own Old Bank Hotel.
The Lampl Building
The need for the Lampl Building was identified in the 2011 review of the estate and subsequent analysis of the operating costs of our numerous ‘houses’ across oxford. Many of these houses were in a poor state of repair and certainly could not be said to possess ‘sustainability’ characteristics. By seeking a new building with all contemporary energy saving measures inherent to the design, it was hoped that overall operating costs would fall.
Corpus was the first College in many years to secure a new brownfield site close to the City centre; indeed, the building is only a short distance from Oxford Castle. The building also marked the first major construction of student accommodation undertaken by Corpus since. the Liddell Building joint with Christ Church in the Iffley Road (1991). The demolition of the rearmost building at Cantay House, Park End Street, Oxford provided the site for the erection of our 5 storey building comprising 45 en-suite student study rooms with five shared kitchens.
The Lampl Building has delivered more than was originally envisaged and its accommodation more than matches undergraduate expectations. Each room is part of a suite of five that share a large, bright, spacious and fully equipped dining kitchen. Undergraduates and graduates place great value upon this style of living and the economies that can be derived from shared cooking and eating arrangements. There are also important social and welfare benefits that have become increasingly apparent and important. Beneath the skin of the building are a host of sustainable technologies and systems that save energy; notably in this building, the use of a gas-powered combined heat and power plant. The property is in its own secure enclave with secure cycle parking, and a stream-side garden that is very attractive and a popular place to study and relax. Since its commissioning this building has been the most popular choice in our room ballot system and, as a result, the design treatment has been replicated in our modification plans for the ‘New Building’.
The building was delivered on time and at the forecast £4.2m overall project budget.