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Penoyre & Prasad unwraps new library at Ruskin College

[FIRST LOOK +DATA] Penoyre & Prasad’s Ruskin College in Headington, Oxford has officially opened

The OId Street-based practice has added an academic building and refurbished the existing Rookery Building as part of a £17million development to ‘modernise and rationalise’ the college’s facilities onto a single site at Old Headington.

Named after former Prime Minster James Callaghan, the new building houses a 40,000 volume library, facilities for conferences, additional classrooms, offices and a public café.


Next to the library, the Grade ll listed Rookery Building has been made fully accessible, through the addition of a lift, and has had several of its period details, including several 17th century fireplaces and an 18th century staircase, restored. 

Project data

Client Ruskin College
Architect Penoyre & Prasad
Start on site March 2011    
Completion date November 2012 
Gross internal floor area 3178m²
Total cost £7.2m
Form of contract NEC / NEC Tendered
Structural engineer OMK
Services engineer Parsons Brinckerhoff
Quantity surveyor Davis Langdon
Planning consultant West Waddy ADP
Main contractor Leadbitter
Cost consultant Davis Langdon
Project manager Davis Langdon
Landscape architect Portus & Whitton

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