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Oxford college to launch contest for revamp of Stirling’s Florey Building

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Richard Rogers and Ricky Burdett advise Queen’s College on redevelopment of Stirling’s Grade II-listed student residences

A design competition to overhaul James Stirling’s controversial Florey Building student residences at Queen’s College, Oxford, is to be launched.

The college has already taken advice from Richard Rogers and Olympic procurement boss Ricky Burdett on redevelopment plans for the notoriously leaky student halls, which were built in 1971.

According to sources close to the project, the college administration has yet to decide whether to faithfully restore the building or to pursue a more ambitious regeneration. A feasibility study is planned prior to a competition launch.

The college’s home bursar, Linda Irving-Bell, confirmed that Rogers had advised on working with Burdett and that he had agreed to help. Rogers, who was taught by Stirling at the Architectural Association, and Burdett, professor of urban studies at the LSE, who advised the Olympic Delivery Authority on its design decisions, were both unavailable to comment.

Irving-Bell said these were ‘early days’ and further discussions about the Grade II-listed building to ‘start the ball rolling’ were planned for autumn. She said: ‘It is only then that we can discuss the potential and the architectural approach. But of course the Florey Building is also a technical matter, as we want it to be more energy-efficient, and to work well.’

But a source close to the project said: ‘It’s going to go out to competition at some point – and it will be a good competition.’


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