Fletcher Priest Architects’ has landed planning permission for its contentious £10 million library scheme at St Anne’s College in Oxford
The project spells the end for the 1966 Howell Killick Partridge & Amis-designed Founders Tower and an Edwardian cottage at the college which will now be demolished to make way for the learning centre.
English Heritage and The Twentieth Century Society objected to the proposal, but failed in a bid to convince architecture minister John Penrose to list the tower.
Oxford City Council’s north area committee last night (7 October) granted planning permission for the three-storey limestone structure.The shell of the new library is designed to have a 400 year-long life span with its internal layout adaptable to the future expansion of the College and also, in the longer term, for possible future uses over the life of the building.
The scheme’s sunken garden connects it to the college while a subterranean passage provides access to a neighbouring Giles Gilbert Scott-designed library.
Client: St Anne’s College, Oxford University
Architect: Fletcher Priest
Structure and Services: Arup
Planning: Gerald Eve
Historic Buildings Consultant: Anthony Walker