Solid foundations

5th February 2019

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As tipper trucks carry the final remains of Back Quad's Goddard building away for recycling, its basement, that will form the foundation for Wadham’s two new buildings, is revealed.

  • View from the back of the Holywell Music Room

  • Views of the site from the Old Library windows

Wadham is building Oxford's first-ever purpose-built Access Centre and a fully accessible Undergraduate Centre, designed by award winning architects AL_A, led by Amanda Levete.

Wadham alumna Dr Siripattra Kusuwan (Biochemistry, 1998) is naming a teaching room in the Dr Lee Shau Kee Building. Visiting the site with her family, she said: "Building a solid foundation in education is very important. We are pleased to be supporting Wadham’s pioneering new Access Centre because it will have a significant impact for students from all backgrounds and open opportunities to an Oxford education."

Thanks to the inspirational benefactions from our two lead donors, generous gifts from other early benefactors and a College contribution, we have already secured a fantastic £14 million.

We are now looking to raise the remaining £4 million by 2020. Director of Development Julie Hage said: "We are delighted that so many alumni and friends are committing to support the Back Quad appeal by naming different parts of these inspirational new buildings. We hope many more will follow their example."

Contributions at all levels are deeply appreciated, and there are a number of ways that donors can make their marks on these new buildings. (Further details).

The new access centre is to become the hub for Wadham’s extensive school outreach work. The undergraduate centre will provide our students with inspirational facilities for social and academic interaction.

Completion of the Dr Lee Shau Kee Building and William Doo Undergraduate Centre is anticipated in August 2020. Watch progress on the Wadham College site via a timelapse camera, which details the demolition: and find out more about the project here.

  • Dr Siripattra Kusuwan (Biochemistry, 1998) and her family