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Topping out at Wadham College Student Accommodation, University of Oxford

17 | October | 2018

A topping-out ceremony marked the milestone of reaching the highest point in the construction of Wadham’s student accommodation building in Iffley Road.

Foundation Fellow and benefactor Stephen Stow, (Law, 1973) performed the ceremony of cementing in the topmost part of the wall, watched over by the Warden of Wadham College Ken Macdonald QC. 

Project architects Allies and Morrison, project managers Bidwells and staff from Gilbert-Ash, along with project advisors and members of the Wadham College building committee joined the ceremony on 11 October 2018.

Finbarr McMeel, Technical Director at Gilbert-Ash with members of the project team

Image courtesy of Julia Banfield, Wadham College

Construction of the 135-bedroom development, which will provide accommodation for second year students, began in October 2017 and is due for completion in October 2019.

The Dorothy Wadham Building, currently being constructed by Gilbert-Ash, is designed to blend with other buildings in the local area in terms of external appearance and materials used. Student accommodation will be car-free and bicycle storage will be located at the rear of the site.

The development will have an attractive internal courtyard garden, a garden room/TV lounge, a computer room and laundry room. Single occupancy ensuite bedrooms will be built in clusters with shared kitchen/dining areas. The site, buildings and eight bedrooms will be fully accessible for students with disabilities.

In addition to a porter’s lodge at the entrance, the gated Dorothy Wadham building will have CCTV, a resident site manager and a Sub Dean to ensure that the College’s code of behaviour, high standards and excellent reputation are maintained at all times.

Image courtesy of Julia Banfield, Wadham College