Designing with St Anne’s

The annual Oxford University Alumni Weekend this year is on the 17th September, and Keith Priest has been invited to give a lecture about the process of “Designing with St Anne’s”.

The practice has been working the college, building upon the distinctive character of the campus whilst exploring expansion in the context of significant works by Giles Gilbert Scott and HKPA set in their magnificent mature gardens.

It anticipates future requirements and builds upon and reinforces earlier masterplans by both architects. A revised college frontage to Woodstock Road recreates a generous entrance court and reveals a previously hidden Hartland House. It includes a new multi-purpose academic building that relieves pressure on the existing library and provides new academic facilities. A new kitchen replaces temporary facilities restoring views over the gardens from the dining hall and routes through the gardens.

St Anne’s have set an ambitious 400 year design life for the building and achieving this, together with future flexibility to change its use, has resulted in an innovative timber structure.

For more information about the project, please see the project page: