Transforming our Site
Our major programme of investment will ensure that our students’ experience is second to none and that St Hilda’s will continue to be a College in a garden with a beautiful river frontage and uplifting views.
We intend to improve and increase our student accommodation, so that St Hilda’s students can enjoy the same advantages as their counterparts at other Oxford colleges.
The development of our site began in 2015 with an international design competition, expertly managed by specialist architectural firm, Malcolm Reading Consultants. From a highly competitive field, the College chose award-winning architects Gort Scott to work with us to achieve our aims. We then liaised with members of Oxford Design Review Panel and Historic England to develop our vision and good progress was made.
At our public exhibition on 19 and 20 May 2017 in the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building Foyer, we displayed our plans for transforming our site. This provided an opportunity to see how our plans have developed since their inception and to ask questions of representatives from Gort Scott and St Hilda's, before we met with Oxford Design Panel Review on 25 May 2017. At the meeting, the project received positive support. We made further presentations to our Senior Members and friends of the College on 24 June. You can find the information that was displayed about the developing concept designs here. Further designs from Gort Scott were presented to our Senior Members at our Gaudy on 16 September 2017.
We submitted our planning application in the Autumn of 2017, following a summer of design refinement and collation of all necessary supporting documentation.
We're excited by the possibilities offered by the new graduate common room. An expanded, more versatile area in the front-of-college building will give new opportunities for combined social, meeting and study spaces, enhancing graduate students' experience at the heart of the College's activities.
The opportunity for more students to live on site will greatly enrich college life and help enhance the sense of community between all of St Hilda's College members. The new social spaces will open up new possibilities for events and projects, encouraging students to thrive in all aspects of their university experience.
Oxford has become one of the least affordable cities in the UK for housing... a College room can be as effective as a bursary, saving a student more than £1,000 over an academic year.