New student accommodation building on a confined site, constructed without affecting the operation of surrounding college buildings.

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Eckersley O’Callaghan has provided structural and civil engineering services for a scheme to improve the facilities for the academic community at St Peter’s College, Oxford.

We have been involved in the construction of a new four-storey accommodation building, the reconfiguration of surrounding existing buildings, and the remodeled landscaping of two of the college’s quads.

The new accommodation building is on a confined site and there were requirements that the surrounding buildings would remain operational during construction. We used a steel frame construction to ensure that the structure could be erected in such a tight space.

Vertical circulation has been provided by a steel-framed lift enclosure and steel-framed staircase, which was designed with flights between floors spanning approximately 7.5m unsupported.

Teaching spaces within the existing Chavasse Building have been revamped, with 5m steel ‘picture frames’ allowing the provision of large folding doors between spaces, creating greater flexibility of use.

Meanwhile, we implemented several strategies, including porous paving and a soakaway, to improve the drainage of the Chavasse and Hannington Quads. A new access ramp, steps, planters, and circular tree pit have also been provided.

Location
Oxford, UK

Client
St Peter's College

Architect
Design Engine