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Parry, Sergison Bates and Stanton Williams shortlisted in Oxford student halls contest

Clarendon Observatory, Oxford
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Eric Parry, Sergison Bates and Stanton Williams are among seven teams shortlisted in the contest for a new student accommodation block at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford

Feilden Fowles, Haworth Tompkins, Tim Ronalds, and Walters & Cohen complete the shortlist in the competition. The seven teams were chosen from a 19-strong longlist by a judging panel, assisted by Keith Bradley of FCBS and critic Rowan Moore.

The project is part of a masterplan drawn up by Long & Kentish Architects with Studio Berman for this north Oxford college. The new building – located next to the landmark Radcliffe Observatory (pictured) – will feature student accommodation along with other facilities.

The seven shortlisted teams will receive £5,000 each to prepare conceptual proposals for an ‘an exciting modern building’ on the sensitive historic site. Interviews will be held in September, with the winning scheme expected to be submitted for planning in spring next year.

Green Templeton is Oxford University’s newest all-graduate college, hosting 600 students from the UK and 69 other countries, studying medicine, management and applied social sciences.

College principal Denise Lievesley said: ‘This building project is important to Green Templeton College. Our core objective is to improve the experience of the extraordinary students we are proud to have at college.

‘I believe that with the right architectural partner we can do just that, and I look forward to working in collaboration with the firm we choose in September. Our meetings with the shortlisted practices have already broadened our perspectives.’

Alan Berman of Studio Berman, who is also a visiting fellow at Green Templeton, said: ‘It’s wonderful that Green Templeton College is prepared to commit resources to this thorough selection process by inviting a wide range of practices to respond to an open brief, giving architects the opportunity to develop some really imaginative designs.’

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