23 September 2020

Northgate construction update

Construction work on Northgate is progressing well and the building form is taking shape. The concrete frame for the Cornmarket and Market Street blocks is almost complete, topping out at the second-floor podium deck which will be the base of the unique new raised quad for the College. The dynamic spaces of what will be the new Digital Hub are emerging with the floor slabs of the triple height atrium being formed.

The new building will forge connections both with openness to its central Oxford location and within the historic College itself. A new route through the adjacent listed building from the existing second quad has been carefully carved out in recent weeks, improving accessibility and connectivity between all College facilities, new and old.

For the upper accommodation floors, the first of the Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panels arrived on site last week and on Monday work was started to lift and fix these in place. Second-floor interior walls and façade panels for the length of the Cornmarket block were erected in a single day. In conjunction with this, bathroom pods were lifted into each student bedroom in a temporary position prior to the third-floor slab being fixed in place. This process has required careful planning and execution from the design and construction team to achieve maximum efficiency.

Alongside construction work on site, the design team continues to work through coordination of services, façade elements and interior finishes. Stone detailing for each façade is complete and stone is anticipated to arrive on site in November.

The last few months have brought many challenges but the dedicated site team at Northgate ensured that increased safety measures and social distancing rules were quickly implemented to allow work to continue throughout without risk and with minimal disruption to the programme.

The mixed-use development is due for completion in 2021 in time to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the historic College.

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Northgate under construction
CLT installation and pod delivery
CLT installation and pod delivery
1 / 3 Northgate under construction

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