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Wright & Wright won a competition to develop a site in Norham Gardens in north Oxford as a new residential campus for St Edmund Hall, one of Oxford’s oldest colleges.  The scheme comprises 128 study bedrooms and communal facilities housed in a mixture of new buildings and a remodelled Victorian villa, in beautifully landscaped gardens, enabling students to live more economically and relieve pressure on Oxford’s rented housing market.

Provision of new, high-quality student and staff accommodation is an urgent priority for St Edmund Hall, one of Oxford’s oldest colleges.  At present, only 60% of students can be housed in existing College halls or houses and very few undergraduates have the option of living in College accommodation for the entirety of their course, something which has educational and financial benefits, especially for less well-off students.

Renderings of the future St Edmund Hall campus at Norham Gardens, North Oxford by Wright & Wright.

This once-in-a-generation development for the Hall of 128 study bedrooms and communal facilities embodies care for two precious things – our students and our planet. 

It will enable the Hall to meet its goal of accommodating all of its undergraduates, inspire a creative and inclusive college culture and lead the way in environmentally sustainable design.

Professor Baroness (Kathy) Willis, CBE
Principal, St Edmund Hall

The project embraces and enhances the site’s history and village-like quality, with buildings of different scales and eras, enriched by a biodiverse landscape, mature trees and views out over parkland.  Tranquil and humanly scaled, it epitomises the conviviality and intimacy of North Oxford, providing communal spaces for the collaborative work and social life of the College's growing community.

Norham Gardens proposed street elevation, Wright & Wright.

Site plan drawing of St Edmund Hall in North Oxford, Wright & Wright.