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Oxford University & Colleges

Kendrew Quadrangle, St John's College, Oxford

The construction of a new four- storey quadrangle around a large protected beech tree. The accommodation consists of 68 student bedrooms and six small flats, on the upper floors. The ground floor provides facilities, including a café and kitchen, a library, a number of teaching rooms, and various ancillary spaces such as toilets, offices, and storage. There is also a large basement containing event rooms, a gymnasium, an archive, plant and other ancillary spaces. The total area is 6322m².


Construction consists of concrete fins reducing to concrete columns on the ground floor, supporting concrete slabs. This is mainly in situ, but there are also some pre cast concrete elements used both decoratively and structurally.


Elevations are typically glass and timber, with elements of stone cladding to the spiral staircases and some metal cladding at the kitchens. Many of the components were pre-fabricated including the bathroom pods. External works included extensive protection measures for the listed trees, a lawn and hard landscaping with a water feature.

Rokos Quandrangle, Pembroke College, Oxford

This development for Pembroke College includes attractive state-of-the-art facilities; including a 170-seat multi-purpose auditorium, an art gallery, a new café, teaching and function rooms, all set around two new quadrangles. The new complex is an integral part of Pembroke’s main site with an elegant footbridge built over Brewer Street connecting it directly to the College’s Chapel Quad.


The new buildings, in the heart of Oxford, use traditional materials in a modern context and help to re-draw the appearance of an undistinguished part of Littlegate Street, providing a sympathetic facelift to an area of vacant sites and defunct industrial buildings adjacent to Campion Hall.

Following a competitive tender process, Kingerlee was selected as main contractor for the project. The construction cost of the development was approximately £18M. The students occupied the accommodation at the beginning of the autumn term.

New Library, St Anne's College, Oxford

This is the New Library & Academic Centre which is located on the frontage of the college campus off the Woodstock Road in Oxford. The building is designed for longevity with the external facade materials selection being a stone faced pre cast structure which is in keeping with traditional university buildings.


The basement is formed with secant/load bearing piles and a concrete liner wall with ground source heat technology installed within the building foot print. The three-storey reinforced concrete frame receives a steel roof structure, high quality concrete stone faced facade panels and stone banding at each floor level.


Full height windows are carefully inserted at each floor level. The external finishes include a grass quad with a new York stone driveway.

Ruskin School of Art, Oxford

The new art school was procured under a two stage design and build contract for the Oxford University.


Located on a challenging site with numerous party walls and difficult site access, the new bespoke building utilised a piled foundation solution and structural steel/composite frame to accommodate the fast track programme.


The design was developed around the client's drive for useable and practical art space, and includes studios, workshops, project space, media lab, offices and seminar rooms. 


The fenestration to the front elevation provides a modern and refreshing image with back lit glazing, composite cladding and high quality brickwork.


The glazed screen to the front elevation also incorporates Smartfilm technology. This unique film transforms glass into a high definition projection screen allowing corporate presentations, and also TV images and videos to be displayed.

Oxford Centre For Islamic Studies

OXCIS is a grand Islamic structure incorporating minorettes, domes, a lecture theatre, accommodation units, a large prayer hall, Great Hall Dining Room, Boardroom and Executive Office Suites with external quadrangles, gardens and terraces.

Under the Design and Build Contract for Phase 2, Kingerlee have fitted out various areas of the building to an exacting level of quality utilising marble and granite walls and floors, decorative fibrous plasterworks, carved wood panelling and unique decorative Iznik tiles.

The Great Hall is particularly impressive with vaulted fibrous plaster ceilings, limestone walls with carved features and granite floor.

Coordination of the design included the interesting procurement of materials and labour donated by foreign governments to various sections of the building. All feature wall panelling, mushrabiyah screens, doorsets and staircases are from the Oman, stone from Yemen and Portugal, ironmongery, Iznik tiles and design of calligraphy from Turkey.

All electrical, AV, IT and mechanical installations utilise the latest available technology.

The Garden Building, Lincoln College, Oxford

A repeat project for Kingerlee at Lincoln College, Oxford. The renovation of the existing two-storey Listed Garden Building including a complete restoration and installation of new services.

The existing Garden Building has been extended on two elevations to form practice rooms and washroom facilities, a seminar room and circulation space.


On the first floor there is an entertaining/dining area, a kitchen and storage area. External areas were landscaped with materials sympathetic to Oxford College surroundings.