Homes for the future

Transforming Bevington Road

We are determined to ensure that future generations share the life-enriching experiences of the past but are no longer greeted on arrival by the dingy entrances, and dated and worn out fittings, décor, facilities and furniture. We also want our students to be able to keep themselves warm and clean without undue cost to the College’s energy budgets or to the planet.

Fit for future generations

We have explored all possible options, including demolishing the buildings to pack more student rooms into the same space. However it is clear for environmental, historical and planning reasons that the proposals we are sharing with you in this document are the best possible way ahead. After years of uncertainty about the future of the houses we are now ready to preserve all that has made them special for past generations, whilst also bringing them to a standard that will be fit for future generations of students and visitors to the College. We are excited to be working with the young, Cambridge educated and 2015 Turner Prize winning architects Assemble Studio on the regeneration of Bevington Road and we hope that you too, will want to play a part in supporting this overdue investment in the future of the College and all those who come to study at St Anne’s.

In the current climate, now more than ever, St Anne’s needs the help of our generous and valued donors. Philanthropic support is going to be critical to our success and ability to create a legacy that we can all be proud of. Thank you for taking the time to review our proposal and for your continuing support, which is so appreciated by all members of St Anne’s College.

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Project principles

Design With Care

Reinventing the ten houses whilst enhancing their intrinsic qualities.

Student Well-being

Enriching and supporting the students to live well, produce fantastic work, and enjoy their time at St Anne’s, whilst providing greener, healthier spaces for all. This will support our goal to continue to attract the best and brightest to study at St Anne’s from all backgrounds.

Embodying History

Incorporating the houses’ history into the building fabric in material ways that can inspire and inform their future inhabitants.

Sustainability and Environmental Concerns

Saving resources and embodied carbon simply by not demolishing the buildings – we are ensuring every decision we take will impact the local and global environment positively. This includes contributing to biodiversity and the natural environment of North Oxford.

Key Facts

Year of build 1867-1868
Number of houses - 10 (5 semi detached pairs)
82 planned number of bedrooms
Architect-Designed exterior additions - 5 new shared covered entrances
Architects Assemble Studio - 2015 Turner Prize winners
Total cost of project - £14.6m
Fundraising required - £5m

Stories & Updates

An update on Bevington Road

The final week of Hilary Term saw members from all areas of the St Anne’s community – students, academic and support staff, alumnae and friends – come together to...

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The Project Resumes for 2024

Happy New Year from St Anne’s! As the students return to College for Hilary Term, so too has work resumed on the Bevington Road project. The view from STACS...

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Week 13: Down To The Bones

The strip-out of the Bevington Road houses has begun to reveal some secrets we didn’t know the buildings were still keeping — including concealed original fireplaces which will be...

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Recognition Opportunities

You could help us ensure that we are able to deliver the best possible solution for our students.

St Anne’s College and the University of Oxford enjoys ongoing and long-lasting relationships with its benefactors. In addition to a variety of naming opportunities, benefactors can be recognised in a number of different ways. We would be delighted to discuss this further with you. Your engagement now could act as a further endorsement of the project and help create a legacy for future generations.

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Help create a legacy for future generations