Dorothy Wadham Building
Building a better future for its students Wadham College is developing a site on Iffley Road to create 135 student bedrooms.
Wadham is constructing a 135 bedroom development to provide homes for second year students who currently live out of College due to insufficient College owned accommodation.
Planning permission was approved for the development of Wadham College’s Iffley Road site at a meeting of Oxford City Council on Tuesday 24 January, 2017. The site was formerly home to a Volkswagen car showroom and garage, with frontage onto Percy Street, Charles Street and the Iffley Road.
Alert: Road closures and pedestrian circulation
As this project approaches completion, a number of works will need to be carried out which will encroach on the public highway and/or the pavement. The contractor must apply to the Council, who will consider the wider picture of traffic and other works in the area and then decide the periods for road closure.
Our current understanding is as follows:
• From Monday 8 April, the portion of Percy Street in front of the Wadham site will be closed to traffic (but remain open to pedestrians) for three weeks to allow mains drainage work to be carried out.
• A date for the closure of Iffley Road between Percy Street and Charles Street for the removal of the second crane is provisionally set for Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May 2019. Please note that all timings are subject to change.
• From early July until the end of the project, various areas of pavement around the Wadham site will be closed for periods as hoardings are removed, temporary Heras fencing is erected, trees are planted, pavements are repaired and exterior garden walls are constructed. Dates of this are not yet known.
Since the project was first conceived, Wadham College has been carrying out extensive consultation with local residents. The date of the next meeting will be on Monday 29 April. Meetings take place at 6pm, at the Gladiator Club on the corner of Percy Street and Iffley Road. Current students have also taken an active part in the consultation process. Wadham College thanks all those who have assisted and provided valuable feedback on our plans.
Future meetings will be held on a regular basis to meet with the community to discuss the development (see schedule below).
Gilbert-Ash has been appointed to carry out construction works and will be providing local residents with progress updates (see below). If you would like to receive emailed updates and invitations to meetings about this development please click here to let us know.
With help from local schools and organisations we are decorating the hoardings around the Iffley Road site. More. If you would like to get involved in our hoarding decoration project, please contact Julia Banfield
Friends of Iffley Road
Friends of Iffley Road is a group of neighbours to the Iffley Road site which has formed as a consultative group regarding the planning, demolition and building of the Dorothy Wadham Building. Friends of Iffley Road has members from the local residents' associations (IRARA and IFRA).
Following demolition works by Beard construction, Gilbert-Ash construction started on site in October 2017. Further information
Information for students
Building schedules permitting, Wadham hopes to offer undergraduates starting in 2018 and beyond, accommodation in College owned sites throughout their studies. First year students will be housed at the main site in Parks Road, second years will be located at Iffley Road (from 2019) and final years will return to the College site or be based at Merifield in Summertown.Virtual building tour
Rents will include heating, electricity, water, wifi and insurance (though a charge for utility usage may be separated out to encourage efficient usage) as well as top-up cleaning. Rents will be payable in instalments and the date each instalment is due will be included in the offer of accommodation. Rents will be payable in various ways including online, bank transfer, credit/debit card, or cheque. The rents for the first year of occupation will be published on the College’s website by the end of Trinity Term 2019. Our current accommodation charges can be found here.
The Student Accommodation Code of Practice
This building will be included in the list of College-owned accommodation signed up to the Student Accommodation Code of Practice which protects students’ rights to safe, good quality accommodation. More information on the code can be found at http://www.thesac.org.uk/
The Dorothy Wadham in Iffley Road is a 25 minute walk or ten minute cycle ride from the Wadham College site in Parks Road. Bus stops into town are located nearby. It is a short (seven minute) walk to the Cowley Road. The University of Oxford Sports Ground is located near the site in Iffley Road and the Pegasus Theatre is just round the corner in Magdalen Road. Local facilities include pubs, a cafe, bicycle shop and local shops.
Construction sites can be dangerous. Our priority is the health and safety of everyone who works on this site, as well as the public and the local community affected by it. If you need to contact Beard Construction or Wadham College, please ring us or email but do not enter the site.
Please make any children in your care aware that the building site is not a playground and they must not enter.
During demolition and construction our contractors will try to work in a way that causes as little inconvenience as possible to neighbours. We apologise for any unavoidable nuisance that may be caused during the work.