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Stanton Williams wins Oxford college go-ahead

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Stanton Williams has won planning permission for this new Arts Centre at Lincoln College, Oxford University

The 500 m² scheme, which will revamp and extend the existing Grade-II listed Garden Building, features a new two-storey stone and glass pavilion.

Paul Williams, director at Stanton Williams said: ‘The contemporary extension will re-energise the Garden Building and provide an inspiring setting for the College’s cultural activities.’ 

Stanton Williams’ proposed new Arts Centre for Lincoln College, one of the colleges of Oxford University - section

Stanton Williams’ proposed new Arts Centre for Lincoln College, one of the colleges of Oxford University - section

The architect’s view

The proportions of the new two storey stone and glass pavilion are informed by the geometry and rhythm of the existing Garden Building and act as a quiet foil to the 1905-06 Read and MacDonald symmetrical facade, while also respecting the setting of the neighbouring chapel.

The scheme will create a sequence of fully accessible light filled interior rooms that provide breakout spaces adjacent to the Oakeshott Room and a new Graduate Common Room. The interconnectability of the surrounding gardens and internal spaces will heighten both the quality and versatility of the Garden Building as an arts venue. The object of the current proposal is to restore both the ground floor and Oakeshott Room to something approaching their original form. The introduction of a new basement will provide toilets, storage and practice room facilities. The proximity to the College’s kitchens means that events held in the new spaces will be adequately catered for.


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