Our two-minute video gives you a feel for the remodelling taking place.
We are indebted to all our donors for making this project possible, and for the unstinting support of Peter and Christina Dawson, who have been core to the project’s success.
Transforming our central spaces
This extensive £16 million renovation has modernised the spaces at the heart of the Island site to provide an elegant and accessible suite of buildings, and enhance the experience of future generations of students, alumni, staff, Fellows and visitors.
For the first time, step-free access will open up the ground floor so that our community can move easily between the Chapel, new Hall and servery and McGrath Centre – all of which connect to the new Garden Room with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on to Chapel Court. A beautifully light atrium offers a direct route via stairs or lift down to the basement (with a new gym and music room), as well as up to the OCR, the Sherlock Library and students accommodation.
The College looks forward to welcoming visiting academics to our Cavaliero and Armitage Rooms, and to the new purpose-built Welland Reading Room if they wish to study our rare book collection. We are also now able to host a wider variety of College and external events thanks to the addition of the Sydney Smith Room, a new dining and meeting room, alongside the facilities for larger groups offered by the SCR, OCR and main Hall.
Sustainability has been build into the design and construction of the new Central Spaces, and the results of this careful work are now visible: from highly-efficient equipment for our new modern kitchen to a green roof that will enable local ecology to thrive.
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