Dorothy Wadham Building shortlisted for RIBA award

10th June 2020

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The Royal Institute of British Architects has shortlisted Wadham’s new second year student accommodation building in Iffley Road this year’s RIBA South Awards. 

  • The Dorothy Wadham Building Quad

    The Dorothy Wadham Building Quad

The Dorothy Wadham Building, designed by architects Allies and Morrison, opened to students at the beginning of this academic year. 

The Building, on a 5,432 sqm site, is an undergraduate residential quad comprising four individual buildings of three and four storeys arranged around a shared courtyard garden. Lining the quad's fourth side is a single storey pavilion, an informal common room for students in term time and a conference and teaching facility throughout the summer. The building has 135 ensuite student bedrooms built in clusters with shared kitchen/dining areas.
Describing the building, Warden of Wadham College Ken Macdonald QC said: "Beautiful in form and graceful in function - The Dorothy Wadham Building is a wonderful home for our second year students and a very fine addition to the Wadham estate."

Following the demolition of the vacant car showroom and garage which previously occupied the site by Beard Construction, Gilbert-Ash began work on the site in October 2017. The building opened in October 2019.

Commenting on the twenty nominees for the 2020 award, RIBA South/South East Director, James Robinson, said: "The buildings shortlisted this year are a celebration of the best in building design in the region."

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