Christ Church Deanery and Treasury Buildings, Oxford

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  • Christ Church Deanery

A building conservation project to carefully restore the external fabric of a historic Grade I-listed building.

Project

Christ Church is one of the largest colleges in the University of Oxford and the Cathedral Church for the Diocese of Oxford. This was a six-month conservation project on a Grade I-listed building.

Beard carried out the repair and cleaning of masonry, windows, stone detailing and buttresses, much of which was badly eroded. Further repairs and consolidation work were also made to the church’s adjoining Fell Tower.

Getting the balance right between over conserving the stonework and restoring the integrity of the building for the next 100 years, was the primary focus for our team. Traditional craft skills, combined with a meticulous approach and care to prevent water ingress during the cleaning process were therefore essential to the success of the project.

Challenges

  • The impact of the works which were being carried out on occupied buildings had to be minimised so that students and staff were not disrupted
  • Ensuring that the works did not stop the college from hosting important revenue-generating wedding ceremonies

Solutions

A careful programming and planning of works around the college’s daily activities minimised disruption and clean and tidy site practice helped ensure good relations with staff and students. The college was particularly pleased with the care and approach taken by the team, adding further elements to extend the scope of the works.

“I am full of admiration for Beard’s work on Christ Church: at all times careful and cheerful with high-quality results.” 

The Very Rev Christopher Lewis, Dean of Christ Church

Customer

Christ Church, Oxford

Contract value

£580,000

Architect

Purcell

Contract duration

25 weeks

Form of contract

JCT

Procurement Method

Traditional

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