At the end of Hilary Term the Governing Body resolved to embark on a major project to renew and enhance the Hilda Besse Building. The work will restore the building to its original glory and create new spaces and features intended by the architects but never quite realised.
We’ll move out of the building during September into temporary accommodation in the quad. All the spaces in the Hilda Besse Building (our kitchen, dining hall, common rooms, bar, buttery, teaching spaces and facilities) will be lovingly recreated in robust units so that College life can continue as usual through the works.
The project will take 21 months to complete and when we move back into the building there will then be a final stage of landscaping. This will create lawns and gardens to complement each of the buildings and offer us new ways to enjoy the outside as well as the inside of the College.
The final plans are still subject to planning permission, and raising funds to complete the project is a major campaign. We’re creating a section of the website to show the plans, our temporary home, and news of progress and we’ll announce its launch shortly.