Carter Jonas has secured planning consent on behalf of St John’s College, Oxford to replace and extend a student accommodation scheme in the centre of the city. 

Grade II College-owned buildings in St John Street will be refurbished and a new single-storey common room added to the rear of the terraced properties. External spaces to the rear of St John Street will be relandscaped.

The planning consent forms part of a wider review by the college to optimise the use of its existing sites, especially those close to the city centre, to meet demand.

Oxford City Council wants to see as many of Oxford’s student population as possible housed in college-provided accommodation.

Contractor Beard is currently upgrading the external fabric to reduce heat loss and is installing high performance woodfibre insulation to the internal face of the building. The works also include replacing gas boiler systems with air source heat pumps.

Secondary internal double glazing is being added so that the external appearance is retained. Other special historic features, including existing floors and stonework, will also be protected.

Huw Mellor, partner at Carter Jonas in Oxford, said: “We are extremely pleased that once again we have worked with an Oxford University college to increase the provision of high-quality student accommodation and make considerable improvements to a key city centre site which retain its unique historic character while also making the building more sustainable.”

Image credit: TSH Architects.

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