Bennetts-designed blocks will house 54 postgraduate students

Contractor Kingerlee has started on a new £12.5m gateway building for St Antony’s College at the University of Oxford.

The scheme comprising two blocks, designed by Bennetts Associates Architects, will house 54 bedrooms, top floor pavilions, seminar rooms and a senior academics suite.

It will be built primarily of stone, oak and wood, which the designers hope will lend it a timeless quality as it sits between two other listed buildings.

Julian Lipscombe, Bennetts Associates’ director, said: “After five years of involvement with the project it is great to have reached this defining moment. We are proud to be making our contribution to the built fabric of Oxford”.