Mansfield College Quad

Mansfield College Quad

The gardens at Mansfield College sit between a range of Grade II* Gothic revival buildings completed by Basil Champneys in 1889. The Fellows Garden lies to the South West corner of the Mansfield College campus, whilst the grassed Mansfield College Quad sits centrally, with a oval path separating the two spaces. This gravel pathway was previously used for the parking of cars for students and staff, but has since become reinstated garden walkway towards the main entrance and sunken outdoor terrace.

Client

Mansfield College

Location

Oxford 

Dates

2006–2018

The college is founded on principles of openness and inclusiveness and these values were integral to the design of the landscape and series of connected communal spaces. Unusually for an Oxford college the quad is physically open and prominent, hence a major landmark on Mansfield Road. Members of the public are able to walk into the quad to appreciate the fine listed buildings and landscaping as well as use the communal cafe and terrace. The new building is almost entirely invisible from the Quad, and improvements to the rear of the buildings and significantly improve the appearance of the college from the public realm.

The planting design at Mansfield has a traditional feel, made of layers of foliage and flower texture and colour. The initial layer is a lower growing evergreen mix with for example Lavender planted in drifts. The second layer is more architectural with open flower heads such as Agapanthus, planted in areas, and the final layer is a single species infrequently dotted through the rest to provide anchor points for the eye.

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