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Mikhail Riches wins latest New College contest

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Mikhail Riches has beaten ADP, Adrian James Architects and Richard Griffiths Architects to win New College Oxford’s Longwall project

The London-based practice will now draw up a feasibility study looking at how to release space around the institution’s buildings on Longwall Street by re-orientating historic structures towards the college.

The scheme will also create a new £1million mews development.

Organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants, the invited competition is the latest run for the University of Oxford college which was founded by William of Wykeham in 1379.

Last month Cambridge-based practice Caroe Architecture bagged the prized job to reorganise and re-imagine the college’s Chapel Yard space (AJ 27.11.14).

Speaking about Mikhail Riches’ victory, David Hamilton of Malcolm Reading Consultants, said: ‘This has always been considered a difficult site and New College showed great imagination in commissioning a bespoke competitive process to stimulate new design approaches.

‘All the teams rose to the challenge and the quality of ideas was very strong. Mikhail Riches’ options-based approach, which could see the project grow over time, offered a highly attractive yet realistic way forward.’

The longlist

  • Adam Richards Architects
  • ADP
  • Adrian James Architects
  • De Matos Ryan
  • Emrys Architects
  • Gray Baynes + Shew
  • Jonathan Hendry
  • Mikhail Riches
  • Purcell
  • Richard Griffiths Architects
  • Studio Octopi
  • Thomas Croft Architects


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