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Library and Academic Centre, St Anne’s College

Library And Academic Centre, St Annes College Oxford - Projects - Ridge & Partners- LLP

St Anne’s College at the University of Oxford has commissioned a new library and academic centre with the ambitious goal of transforming both the intellectual life and the architecture of the college through a landmark development.

The scheme must at the same time express the college’s distinctive character and demonstrate its academic objectives in research and teaching.

Ridge is working on a solution that will see the new library and academic centre create a modern focal point and entrance for St Anne’s College while completing the redevelopment that has happened so far. The scheme will also complement and showcase Hartland House, a Grade II Listed building designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, where the library is currently located. The western façade of Hartland House will be revealed, as was originally intended by the building’s architect.

The new building combines cutting-edge features with sensitivity to its historic surroundings. It is designed to last for centuries, being sufficiently adaptable to accommodate the changing nature of academic study and digital ways of working. At the same time, inspired by Oxford’s architectural heritage, the new library and academic centre will reflect the key elements of Hartland House, being built in limestone and characterised by large floor-to-ceiling windows.

The client has a tight budget and Ridge has allowed costs to remain within the required limits through a value-engineering exercise that has allowed the design and quality to be retained. Key cost-saving solutions included opting for pre-cast concrete rather an in-situ approach and sourcing an alternative window supplier, which was able to provide an exact match to the originals specified while matching their U-values and actually delivering higher acoustic quality.

Library And Academic Centre, St Annes College Oxford - Projects - Ridge & Partners- LLP

Library And Academic Centre, St Annes College Oxford - Projects - Ridge & Partners- LLP

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Library And Academic Centre, St Annes College Oxford - Projects - Ridge & Partners- LLP

Library And Academic Centre, St Annes College Oxford - Projects - Ridge & Partners- LLP

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Library And Academic Centre, St Annes College Oxford - Projects - Ridge & Partners- LLP

Library And Academic Centre, St Annes College Oxford - Projects - Ridge & Partners- LLP

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Library And Academic Centre, St Annes College Oxford - Projects - Ridge & Partners- LLP

Library And Academic Centre, St Annes College Oxford - Projects - Ridge & Partners- LLP

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