St Hilda's College, Oxford

The significant and transformative development for St Hilda’s College comprised an Anniversary Building and riverside Pavilion, set in a reimagined landscape. 

Alongside the new gateway to the college, the Anniversary Building includes accommodation for students and fellows, social and conference spaces, suites of academic and teaching rooms, a common room, 59 new student rooms, a porters’ lodge and gardens. The competition-winning design features a slender tower with rooftop gardens and wildflower planting.

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 was developed to allow important services and IT infrastructure to be diverted away from the construction activity and a temporary porters’ lodge/security hub and entrance to be created.   

Skelly & Couch delivered a range of features to achieve the highest levels of sustainability and energy efficiency. The form and fabric of the building were designed to inherently help to control internal climate, providing a comfortable place in which to live and work, by reducing the demand for heating or cooling and benefiting from concrete high thermal mass and natural ventilation. The high hot water usage for student accommodation means that hot water generation represents a significant demand for energy throughout the year. This provides an optimal justification for the use of Combined Heat and Power to provide heating for hot water as well as a source of electricity that reduces carbon emissions.

St Hilda's College has been shortlisted for the Education Estates Awards 2022 in the Inclusive Learning Spaces for All category; the 2022 AJ Architecture Awards; and Building Magazine Project of the Year - Higher Education Project (up to £20m). It received a Judges' Commendation in the 2022 Brick Awards.

*Winner in the 2023 Civic Trust Awards.* Nominated for ArchDaily Building of the Year (Educational Architecture). Shortlisted for a 2023 RIBA South Award.