Provision of new kitchen facilities at Worcester College to cope with ever increasing demands.
The project is located within the grounds of Worcester College amongst listed 1840s buildings, it is bound on one side by a mature Catalpa tree and on the other side by a Grade II-listed boundary wall. Entrance to the site is on one of Oxford’s busiest city centre roads, Worcester Street.
Works involved demolition and alterations to the existing kitchen and construction of a new single storey kitchen block with associated services diversions and external works, including new steps to existing listed boundary wall.
The tight city centre location had to be carefully managed. Our traffic management plan included a gatesman who stopped traffic to reverse the lorries into site and deliveries which were only permitted at certain times of the day which had to be unloaded immediately. There was strictly no parking on site so all staff and sub contractors used public transport.
We worked as invisibly as possible without disrupting the day to day activities of the prestigious college, this was done by regular communication with the customer and being aware of their changing needs.
As the new build was adjoined to an existing building we needed to connect the new services to the existing services without disrupting any gas, water or electricity supply. We worked closely with the mechanical and electrical suppliers to ensure this process went smoothly.
We used high quality local craftsmen from our established supply chain to preserve the listed building.
“Another very successful project, with a happy customer. On completion of this we were awarded the £5m lecture theatre job”
John Youle Beard Director
Freeland Rees Roberts
Gardiner & Theobald
Form of contract
JCT Design and Build
Design and Build