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Univ North foundations

Foundations of large-scale building with storm clouds gatheringThe development is taking shape with the installation of the foundations and drainage for the new buildings, including Water Courts East and West, Banbury Road Villa, Walnut Lawn Villa and Woodstock Pavilion, nearing completion. We are also commencing some underpinning work to strengthen some of the existing foundations of the Garden Building, which will become the new nursery.

Tower crane foundation on building siteOur contractor SDC will continue to prepare for the underground services that will supply the new and refurbished buildings around the Univ North site. This will prepare the site for the above-ground works, which will commence later in the year. SDC have also recently cast the foundation and starter frame in place for the tower crane that will be used during erection of the Water Court buildings.

Nursery underpinningAn important aspect of the build will be the new 54-place nursery, which will provide some much-needed childcare provision. Work on the installation of foundations and drainage for the new nursery has commenced, and modifications to the existing Garden House on Woodstock Road to develop the new nursery building will begin in August.

Photos – Top: Water Court West foundations, Middle: Tower crane foundation, Bottom: Nursery underpinning.

About Univ North
The location of Univ’s visionary North Oxford development at Staverton Road has been a second home for students for 50 years. The new Univ North development will offer the College’s community of staff, students and academics modern, energy-efficient, multi-functional buildings with up to 150 study bedspaces, gym, café, study and meeting spaces, as well as a 54-place nursery provision. The scheme will renovate existing buildings, rejuvenate heritage orchards, and offer beautifully landscaped gardens, together with accessible access routes and rooms. This continues Univ’s aim to provide the very best facilities for students, staff and academics.

You can read more about the College’s vision for its complementary community, and our latest developments, on the Univ North page or read all of our Univ North News.

Published: 19 July 2023

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