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Caroe wins New College chapel yard contest

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Cambridge-based practice Caroe Architecture has won the competition to reorganise and reimagine the Chapel Yard space at New College, Oxford

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.

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