Dorothy Wadham Building scoops two awards

24th February 2021

News, Student news, Alumni news

Two Oxford Preservation Trust Awards have been presented to Wadham College celebrating the Dorothy Wadham Building in Iffley Road as one of Oxford’s finest new buildings.

  • The Dorothy Wadham Building, Iffley Road

    The Dorothy Wadham Building, Iffley Road

  • The courtyard garden

    The courtyard garden

  • A student kitchen

    A student kitchen

  • Cycle storage

    Cycle storage

The student accommodation building, designed by Allies and Morrison, was awarded a plaque in the ‘New Building’ category as well as receiving Oxford Preservation Trust‘s first ‘Green Award‘ for demonstrating exemplary work towards sustainability.

At the online awards ceremony the host, Prof William Whyte (Modern History, 1994), Chair of OPT commented: “I bought my first car where this building now stands. It is inventive of Wadham to make a contribution which is dense in terms of population, takes students off the market place addressing the dearth of private accommodation in Oxford and which does so without intrusively interfering with the location…Very clever, very stylish, very smart.”

Oxford City Councillor Tom Hayes went on to present The Dorothy Wadham Building with the Green Award for its “wondrously green building”, commenting on the energy saving and sustainable nature of the building as well as the provision of secure cycle storage to enable environmentally friendly travel for students.

Domestic Bursar Frances Lloyd comments: “We are very proud of our Dorothy Wadham Building which enhances the area in which it is built, blending with surrounding buildings in terms of external appearance and materials used. From the low energy design to the bat boxes and beautifully planted courtyard garden, we are delighted with the green credentials of this building and it is wonderful to have these efforts recognised by the Oxford Preservation Trust.”

Warden Ken Macdonald QC described the building as: “Beautiful in form and graceful in function …a wonderful home for our second year students.”

Designed by Allies and Morrison, the 135 bedroom Dorothy Wadham Building was built by Gilbert-Ash. Structural engineering was by engineers HRW and services engineering by Skelly & Couch Ltd. Quantity Surveryors were PSP Consultants Ltd.  The Landscape Architects were Bradley-Hole Schoenaich Landscape and Project Managers Bidwells LLP.

The 0.95-hectare site was formerly home to Ridgeway Volkswagen car showroom and garage.

  • Domestic Bursar Frances Lloyd with the OPT New Building and Green Award plaques

    Domestic Bursar Frances Lloyd with the OPT New Building and Green Award plaques. Photo by Ed Nix

  • Oxford City Councillor Tom Hayes with Wadham's Green Award plaque

    Oxford City Councillor Tom Hayes with Wadham's Green Award plaque

  • Prof William Whyte (Modern History, 1994), Chair of OPT, hosting the awards ceremony online

    Prof William Whyte (Modern History, 1994), Chair of OPT, hosts the awards ceremony online