Work on David Kohn-designed scheme to start by the middle of next year

David Kohn Architects has been given planning for a new £35m campus for New College, Oxford.

The building will be called the Gradel Quadrangles after principal donor Chris Gradel, an investment manager and graduate of the college.

The result of an invited competition, it is Kohn’s largest building to date with construction work expected to start in the middle of next year. 

Other consultants working on the deal include conservation architect Marcus Beale Architects, structural engineer Price and Myers and M&E engineer Skelly and Couch.

Alongside new student accommodation, the 7,700m² site will feature student study space, a 70-seat music hall and new facilities for the adjacent boys’ preparatory school, New College School, plus a new 21.8m tower and gatehouse.

A 1950s extension to New College School will be demolished to make way for the new building.

New College Oxford is the site of the first planned quad built in the late 14th century. The campus, situated in a conservation area close to Oxford city centre, will be arranged as a trio of three-sided south-facing quadrangles of different forms, bookended by existing buildings.

Kohn was recently named winner of an international design competition for a new apartment development in Berlin, and was responsible for the V&A’s new Photography Centre, which opens in October.

New College Oxford

Work on the £35m deal will start next year