Worcester College, Oxford

We have worked as College Architects at Worcester college, Oxford since the 1950’s. The scope of works has included annual phased projects dealing with repairs and modification to the fabric of the core late mediaeval and 18th century buildings, requiring careful planning and site management during both term time and vacations.

Client: The Provost & Fellows
Main Contractor: Knowles & Son

Worcester College Stone Repairs & Access Improvements to the Library

Ongoing repairs to the fabric of the College’s core of historic buildings, based on prioritized phases from our all-encompassing Condition Reports, were joined from the early 2000’s by a series of projects to improve accessibility within and between the late medieval and 18th century buildings. At the heart of the college, the Library Cloister extends across the width of the Front Quad, and contains, either side of the central entrance, grand doorways into the Dining Hall and Chapel.

Successive projects to provide permanent ramps up into these two great interiors, to repair, clean and re-light the chapel, to construct an external wheelchair lift from the cloister down to the lower medieval ‘camerae’ and to remodel the Porter’s Lodge, have been carried out in conjunction with routine repairs to the library cornice and parapets, and with joinery repairs and redecoration to the whole of the East Range.

Working with Contractors Cliveden Conservation, Smith & Latimer, O.G. Stonemasonry and E.W. Beard, the projects were planned carefully around the college year, taking account of special events and ceremonies.

Worcester College Chapel

Specialist cleaning and repair to the chapel interior, including plasterwork, joinery and stained glass. The project also provided the opportunity to discover how the essence of James Wyatt’s original interior was retained in the 1860’s redecoration, despite William Burges’s brilliantly colourful tour de force.

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