Gilbert-Ash is an award-winning UK construction contractor with expertise in building within residential areas. Wadham is looking forward to a close working relationship with Gilbert-Ash throughout the project.
Gilbert-Ash is due to start on the Iffley site from 30 October. The project, creating 135 student bedrooms, will provide homes for second year students who currently live in the private rental market, due to insufficient College owned accommodation.
Designed by architects, Allies and Morrison, the Dorothy Wadham Building will comprise three blocks of student accommodation plus a large garden room/TV lounge, located around a central garden quad. En-suite bedrooms will be built in clusters with shared kitchen/dining areas. The site, buildings and eight bedrooms will be fully accessible for students with disabilities.
In addition to a porters lodge at the entrance, the gated Dorothy Wadham building will have CCTV, a resident site manager and Sub Deans to ensure that the College’s code of behaviour, high standards and excellent reputation are maintained at all times.
The Dorothy Wadham Building is designed to blend with other buildings in the local area in terms of external appearance and materials used. Student accommodation will be car-free and bicycle storage will be located at the rear of the site.
After planning permission was approved in January 2017, Beard Construction began the demolition of the existing car showroom and garage in March. This process has included the removal of asbestos and underground fuel tanks, as well as decontamination of the site and subsoil.
Gilbert-Ash will commence with groundworks which will include piling, basement excavation, pouring of the ground beams, installation of below ground drainage, and pouring of the ground floor slabs. This work is expected to last until March 2018.
Bidwells, appointed by Wadham at the outset of this project, will continue to manage this development.
Wadham College would like to express its sincere gratitude to its neighbours for their tolerance and understanding as this project continues. Invitations to meet Gilbert-Ash representatives will be issued soon and regular meetings will continue, according to the schedule.
The project is due for completion in 2019 when the first students are expected to arrive in the autumn (Michaelmas) term. Further details, meeting dates, pictures and information with weekly updates can be found here.