Cambridge-based practice Caroe Architecture has won the competition to reorganise and reimagine the Chapel Yard space at New College, Oxford
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The practice was chosen ahead of Jamie Fobert Architects, Design Engine Architects, Guy Hollaway Architects, and Piercy & Co to land the £1 million project.
The scheme will reorganise the space between New College’s Grade I-listed chapel and Oxford’s ancient city wall, creating more room for the college’s world-famous choir.
David Hamilton, of contest organiser Malcolm Reading Consultants, said: ‘The site has a remarkable number of incompatible restrictions – so a competition was a great way to bring intense focus on the problem of developing it.
‘The historic yard is classic leftover space, hemmed in on all four sides and with a network of known archaeology. Every team did a brilliant job to address the College’s brief, but Caroe was the jury’s unanimous choice for their sensitivity to place, as well as a having realistic approach to space planning.’
A provisional completion date of August 2016 has been set.
Caroe wins New College chapel yard contest