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Levete and Caruso St John on 'exceptional' Oriel College shortlist

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Amanda Levete’s practice AL_A has been named on an imposing shortlist in the competition to overhaul social spaces and catering facilities at Oriel College, Oxford

The studio is up against Allies and Morrison, Caruso St John Architects, Panter Hudspith Architects and Wright & Wright Architects in the high-profile, two-stage contest organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants.

The five were chosen from more than sixty entrants vying for the project, focusing on a wedge-shaped area lying between the college’s Grade I-listed hall and chapel and a medieval wall.

The shortlist in full:

  • AL_A
  • Allies and Morrison
  • Caruso St John Architects
  • Panter Hudspith Architects
  • Wright & Wright Architects

Competition organiser, Malcolm Reading said: ‘The standard of entries was of exceptional quality - including many of the best-known UK practices and some also from overseas. The College is very pleased with the response.

‘The brief for the project is extremely challenging because of the constraints of the site and the ambition to re-frame social and functional connections for future generations. A distinctive combination of competence and creativity was required; and − I am delighted to say − is provided by the shortlist.’

An open day for the competitors will be held in August. Second-stage submissions are due on Friday 20 September, the winner will be announced in October 2013.

Previous story (AJ 27.06.2013)

Contest launched to overhaul Oriel College Oxford

Oriel College in Oxford has launched a design competition for a £5 million to £10 million revamp of its social spaces and catering facilities

The two-stage contest, organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants, focuses on a wedge-shaped area that lies between the college’s Grade I-listed hall and chapel and a medieval wall.

The site currently hosts Oriel’s dining hall, bar, social space, kitchen and ancillary facilities.

College treasurer Wilf Stephenson said: ‘Until now, the College has relied on a mix of ad-hoc and utilitarian buildings to support our grand public and social spaces.

‘This project will modernise and extend the less-obvious but essential supporting spaces, as well as improve connections between the Grade I showpiece rooms. We want to commission a contemporary intervention that meets our need for modern facilities yet remains sensitive to our historic buildings.’

Malcolm Reading said: ‘The successful team will need to skilfully resolve the puzzle here, eking the space out, focusing on how it is experienced by users and at the same time integrating any new building, so that it relates to the existing ensemble of seventeenth-century and medieval architecture.’

Founded in 1326, Oriel was one of the first five colleges at the University of Oxford and today has 300 undergraduate and 200 graduate students alongside 150 staff.

The college’s Gothic Survival quadrangle is Grade I-listed and features 17th century design elements. Other key buildings include the neoclassical Senior Library designed by James Wyatt in the 1780s.

Expressions of Interest are invited and a shortlist of five to seven teams will be selected to work up concept proposals.

The shortlist will be announced at the end of July 2013 and the winning team announced by late October 2013.

Teams have until 19 July 2013 to register and submit expressions of interest.







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