Design Competition leads Oriel College to review wider masterplan

27/11/2013

The design competition to renew the social spaces at Oriel College has led the College to review its wider masterplan.

The five highly-accomplished teams which made the shortlist, were interviewed by the jury in October.  The jury established that the diversity of approach offered different benefits and opportunities but all had implications for the use of associated space within the College. 

The overall conclusion was that the nature of the design propositions raised wider issues for the College, which it is eager to embrace and reconcile.

The College proposes to extend the competition process:  all five competitors will be paid an honorarium now in recognition of their efforts over the past months.

Separately, the College will embark on an appraisal of the estate to establish and reconfirm priorities through a masterplan review.  It is anticipated this would be completed by the end of the 2013/14 academic year.

Following the masterplan review, it is intended that each of the teams will be provided with updated information and asked to reflect on this prior to being invited back to the College for a competitive interview.

MRC will continue to advise the College through this process.

The College wishes to thank all of the competitors for their hard work and intriguing design solutions and despite the imposed pause remains committed to resolving the challenges of the Brewhouse site.

Note: the five shortlisted teams are led by architects (in alphabetical order):

AL_A
Allies and Morrison
Caruso St John Architects
Panter Hudspith Architects
Wright & Wright Architects