St Hilda's College, Oxford

The project is to design a new £12 million riverside extension and front-of- college redevelopment at prestigious St Hilda’s College.

The new gateway to the college includes accommodation for students and fellows, social and conference spaces, suites of academic and teaching rooms, a common room, 59 new student rooms, porter’s lodge and gardens.

 The competition-winning design by architects Gort Scott features a slender tower, rooftop gardens with wildflower planting and a riverside pavilion. The development places most of the residential and teaching space around the site’s boundary, creating open spaces in the centre. An enabling works package has been developed to allow important services and IT infrastructure to be diverted away from the construction activity and a temporary porter’s lodge/security hub and entrance to be created. Skelly & Couch is investigating the feasibility of a river coupled heat pump for site-wide heating and cooling. Other features include the use of combined heat and power, photovoltaics on the roof, thermal mass, generous daylight and landscape planting to create a more comfortable living and working environment.