Wadham College scheme bankrolled by Hong Kong businessmen

Beard has completed work on an £11.5m deal to build a brace of new buildings at Oxford University’s Wadham College.

Designed by Amanda Levete’s AL_A practice, the buildings have replaced the 1950s built Goddard Building.

The first building is aimed at visiting school students while the second is an undergraduate building including study areas and kitchens.

The scheme is being bankrolled by Hong Kong businessman William Doo along with college Honorary Fellow Lee Shau Kee – the majority owner of developer Henderson and one of Hong Kong’s richest men with an estimated personal fortune of $32bn. Each will have a building named after them.

Others to work on the scheme included QS Gleeds, structures and M&E engineer Arup and project manager Bidwells.

The college was founded back in 1610 and comprises 250 graduate students and around 450 undergraduates.

Former students include author Melvyn Bragg and former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

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