Assemble have been commissioned by St Anne’s College, University of Oxford to refurbish 10 existing Victorian villas along Bevington Road, that provide undergraduate housing to their first year students.
Affectionately referred to as ‘Bev Road’, the houses were originally built as homes for families around 1867-69 and have provided homes for St Anne’s students since 1954. Over the years the interiors have become tired and dated and the facilities below par.
Additionally the buildings are currently entered through makeshift infills between the buildings, which are in poor repair, and have a landscape on Bevington Road that does not contribute to the experience of the street, the appearance of the North Oxford Victorian Suburb Conservation Area, or the image of the College.
St Anne’s College are seeking, if possible, to increase student accommodation across the site. The priority at Bevington Road is to increase the quality of provision through creative refurbishment whilst transforming each house from communal accommodation to individual dwellings.
Whilst refurbishment of the buildings represents an economically and ecologically sensitive approach, there is a clear ambition that St Anne’s is looking to invest in these beautiful buildings, so as to ensure their longevity and give them a new lease of life.