Balliol College, Oxford, Kitchen and Bar Remodelling

  • Balliol College, kitchen & bar refurbishment - D0074

    Balliol College, kitchen & bar refurbishment – D0074

  • Balliol College Buttery Bar

    Balliol College Buttery Bar

  • Balliol College Buttery Bar

    Balliol College Buttery Bar

A highly specialised remodelling of the kitchens and bar of a Grade I-listed building over three floors, all of which were occupied.


This scheme involved a phased works programme on a Grade I-listed building in the heart of Balliol College. The entire basement was remodelled and the temporary kitchens located outside into the site compound. A new mechanical and electrical system including drainage was installed to pump water out from the basement to the ground level. Installation of three new lifts and refurbishment of the goods lift. The kitchen was handed over six weeks early.


The tight site meant that materials had to be delivered in small quantities and transported on a pallet truck. The site was so confined that the skips were smaller than the standard ones and we had to move them each time there was a delivery. We provided a team of five people to unload the materials and manage the pedestrians including the positioning of crowd barriers so a safe area for unloading was created.

This was a busy working college: we kept disruptions to a minimum by extensive periods of out of hours working.

A large ventilation system was installed to provide the kitchen staff with fresh air, however the sizes did not match the specification so the system had to be taken apart to get through the doors and down to the basement.

At all times the college was in operation and the kitchens were cooking hundreds of meals a day. We installed temporary kitchens to fulfill this, these had to share the site compound with us. Therefore we needed to give the users priority over the entrance and the use of storage space.

The steels were carried into site by hand and lifted in through a window which we took out.

We kept mechanical and electrical staff on site at all times, gave advanced warning of service disruptions and set up temporary connections.


Balliol College

Contract value

£2.4 million


Sidleys Chartered Surveyors

Quantity Surveyor

Sidleys Chartered Surveyors

Contract duration

6 months

Form of contract

JCT Intermediate

Procurement Method


“Just to say that we are delighted with our kitchen and really enjoyed working with the Beard site team of Paul Renton-Rose and Kirsty Lever; in fact we miss them now they have left the site! Paul, in particular, went far beyond the extra mile and we are exceptionally grateful for this.”

Jo Roadknight, Bursar, Balliol College


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