The AJ can reveal the five shortlisted schemes in the competition to overhaul part of Oriel College at the University of Oxford
Submissions from Amanda Levete’s AL_A practice, Allies and Morrison, Caruso St John, Panter Hudspith and Wright & Wright were among more than 60 entrants to the high-profile, two-stage contest.
Worth between £5 million and £10 million, the project will see social spaces and catering facilities inserted into a wedge-shaped site lying between the college’s Grade I-listed hall and chapel – which have elements dating back to the 17th century – and a medieval wall.
Competition organiser Malcolm Reading said: ‘The teams have struck a fine balance in their submissions between showing design acumen and a clear resolution of a difficult set of problems in a constrained site.
‘Interestingly, they have all gone for quite different approaches: one puts the kitchen on the first floor and others on the ground or in the basement; likewise there are different approaches to the configuration of social spaces.
‘The submissions explore many possibilities and exhibit a range of both cautious and ambitious planning strategies.’
Wilf Stephenson, treasurer at Oriel College, added: ‘We’ve been thinking about this problem for a long time and, seeing the shortlist’s suggested designs, there are some fascinating choices to be made. The energy created by the competition is a real stimulus – we’re beginning to get a sense of how the project can really enhance the College and, hopefully, give us some of the best social spaces in Oxford.’
The winner will be announced next month.