University projects honoured in Oxford Preservation Trust Awards and Building Awards

Several pieces of work by teams within Estates Services were victorious in the annual Oxford Preservation Trust Awards, announced at a dinner event at St John’s College on 6 November.

The programme of cleaning, decoration and repairs carried out at Queen Elizabeth House on Mansfield Road won an award in the Small Building Conservation category. The project was managed by the Conservation & Buildings team and transformed the building’s appearance by removing decades of carbon deposits and biological material from its exterior stonework.

The Big Data Institute (BDI), the fruit of a major project managed by the Capital Projects team within Estates Services, was named as one of the winners in the New Buildings category. And the raised road table at the junction between Catte Street, Holywell Street, Broad Street and Parks Road, a project led by the City and County Councils but financially supported by the Transport team within Environmental Sustainability, was among the victors in the Small Projects category. Other University projects including the move of the Ginkgo Gates to create a new entrance to the University Parks and the temporary lighting scheme installed at the Radcliffe Camera for the Night of Heritage Light received Letters of Commendation.

BDI Building

On the same day, the BDI was also named the winner in the Building Performance Category of the 2018 Building Awards for its superb environmental performance. Earlier in 2018 the building had already won a RIBA South Award.