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 celebrate everything that makes College the special place that it is. One of these things is, of course, the accommodation in Bevington Road that has housed generations of students. We’d like to thank everyone who took part in Community and Giving Week in whatever way, whether by attending an event, sharing our posts, or making a donation. If you weren’t able to make a gift towards the Bevington Road regeneration fund but would still like to do so, you can support the fund here, or by contacting the Development Office: development@st-annes.ox.ac.uk

Last week also marked the end of a second term of work on our Bevington Road houses. Mild weather has allowed for a productive period, with concrete now having been poured in houses 1 and 2, while large amounts of steel have been built into the houses to replace many rotten timbers and make structural improvements.  As would be expected in buildings of this age, our contractors have uncovered numerous defects in dire need of repair, from poor internal masonry to heavily worn roof tiles. The builders are now confident, however, that all defects have been identified and solutions to rectify the faults are all well underway. Repairs to the chimney are now taking place and the roofs of houses 9 and 10 are being stripped, in advance of an inspection from the structural engineer in the week commencing 18 March. We are now very swiftly approaching the end of the strip-out phase, and looking forward to rebuilding in earnest!

Towards the end of term, Estates Manager Chris Conway led a tour of the site as it currently stands – the photos below, taken by the Principal, give an indication of the point the project has now reached. Would you recognise your Bevington Road house?