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Rick Mather's Mansfield College refurb starts on site

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Work has started on Rick Mather Architects’ remodelling of the Grade II* listed Mansfield College in Oxford

The internal and external refurbishment, which is due to complete in early 2014, is the first phase of a wider strategy to improve facilities at the historic college.

The scheme will double the capacity of the catering and conferencing facilities by removing an existing Victorian kitchen from the historic building and placed it in a new building allowing the existing space to be remodelled to create a new cafe and servery.

The café will be extended outside through two historical, stone windows, which will be remodelled as doors, onto a south facing sunken terrace wthin the quad.

A ‘feature stair’ and lift will rationalise a series of level changes, allowing improved links to the historic buildings including the chapel and dining hall.


Architect’s view

Andy Matthews, project architect, Rick Mather Architects

The ambitious project removes an existing cramped Victorian kitchen from the Basil Champneys designed building and places it in a new purpose built building. The existing Victorian kitchens and characterful back of house areas are remodelled and opened up by clearing partitions to create generous and accessible flexible space for a new cafe and servery.

The cafe extends outside through two existing, stone-framed windows which are sensitively converted into two glass doors, opening on to the new south facing sunken terrace which sits in the corner of the historic 19th Century quad.

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