Foundations for our new buildings are being laid in March 2019.
Archaeological excavations and recordings were carried out under the guidance of the County Archaeologist in December 2018, after which reduced-level excavations began. Foundation piling and work on the river wall began in January 2019. The river wall was removed and permanent sheet piling is being laid to hold the foundations and the river bank in place. The Pavilion piling was completed at the end of February 2019, when the piling rig left the site.
Access to South Building, Wolfson, Christina Barrett, and Garden Buildings, and to the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building is via the flagpole gates. Access to Hall Building is via Hall Lodge. More cycle parking has been installed on our College site.
Preparatory work for our new buildings by Beard Construction began in the summer of 2018. Demolition of the old Middle Common Room, the old Porter’s Lodge and Milham Ford is complete. Our Lodge Team is now welcoming visitors to our new Main Lodge on South Lawn and to Hall Lodge, a second Lodge serving Hall Building. The new Middle Common Room has been installed on South Lawn and is being used by MCR members.
The Oxford City Planning Committee West considered St Hilda’s planning application on 13 March 2018. The application was substantively approved, subject to later approval from the Committee in relation to certain design details. The first phase of our 125th Anniversary Building Project will improve and increase our student accommodation and provide new social and teaching spaces, a new Middle Common Room, Porters’ Lodge and College entrance by Autumn 2020. Initial project planning is under way to determine what the second phase will provide. The two phases of our planned building programme, across two sites, will ensure that St Hilda’s students and Fellows can flourish in a greatly enhanced academic environment. Find out more about our plans to transform our site.