Oxford Preservation Trust Awards recognise University buildings

A host of University and college building projects have been recognised in this year's Oxford Preservation Trust Awards.

Now in its 36th year, the scheme highlights positive contributions to Oxford's natural and built environment.

Plaques in the category of Building Conservation have been awarded to Magdalen College Cloisters, the Radcliffe Humanities, and the University Church of St Mary the Virgin. The Sheldonian Theatre's new flooring project received a certificate, while letters of commendation went to the South Clerestory and South Aisle, Christ Church Cathedral, and the Donald Locke Staircase, Wadham College.

In the New Building category, plaques were awarded to the Gateway Buildings, St Antony's College, and the new buildings project at Pembroke College. Certificates went to the West Wing of the Saïd Business School Phase 2 and student accommodation at Somerville College.

Ramp access in Tom Quad at Christ Church was rewarded with a certificate in the Small Projects category, while the Old Radcliffe Infirmary fountain received a letter of commendation.

Isobel Hughes, Head of Conservation and Buildings at Oxford University Estates Services, said: 'Oxford University and its colleges are central to the historic and ongoing development of the city and we are proud to once again receive recognition from Oxford Preservation Trust for our conservation work and for new additions to the city.'

Debbie Dance, Director of Oxford Preservation Trust, said: 'The awards are Oxford Preservation Trust’s opportunity to give prominent local recognition to projects, large and small, and to recognise the teams that make them happen. They illustrate the vital role that positive design has across our community and how improvements to our physical environment shape the city.'

Oxford Preservation Trust is a charity dedicated to positive regeneration, conserving history for future generations and increasing public access and enjoyment of Oxford for everyone. The awards are sponsored by local firm Kemp and Kemp Property Consultants.