Mansfield College Oxford | The Hands Building

This new build development will house new student accommodation over in the heart of the historic and architecturally significant City of Oxford we are working with Rick Mather Architects to deliver this £10M new build development on behalf of Mansfield College. The building will house new student accommodation over four floors, two common rooms and office spaces on the ground floor. Additionally, there are modern accessible spaces where learning and living is integrated, including 78 affordable yet high-quality study bedrooms. The design is intended to retain as much green space and tree cover as possible.

In line with the world class facilities on offer at the University of Oxford the new Mansfield building includes amenities that support the 21st-century scholar, including new seminar rooms and a 200-seat lecture auditorium that will be used for lectures, as a cinema, moot court and performing arts space. Externally, the aesthetically pleasing structure with a traditional stone facade will match the existing historical college buildings in the centre of Oxford. However, these spaces are laden with modern technology to support the variety of uses and offer the faculty the maximum of flexibility.

On top of these long awaited facilities in one of Oxford’s newest Colleges, there are an array of inspirational environments for learning and research, including a home for the Institute of Human Rights.

Now on site with completion on target for August 2017, the project has been a great example of collaboration between the client, design team and contractors to ensure efficiency in both design, construction and ultimately operation.

Overcoming challenges around expediting the constriction period, CLT has been incorporated above podium level to accelerate the on-site construction programme, enabling the much needed accommodation to be completed in significantly reduced time-frame.

The building is EPC rated “B” with energy efficiency and health & wellbeing of occupants kept at the heart of our design process with a number of initiatives. For example, 40% of the buildings energy requirements will be met by on-site renewables such as CHP and ASHP. This has resulted in a maximum score of 11/11 on the notoriously challenging Natural Resource Impact Assessment imposed by Oxford City Council. Other passive and energy efficiency measures include use of natural ventilation wherever possible, such as on the Student Accommodation floors 1 and 4. To the lower ground floor The Auditorium and Institute of Human Rights are mechanically ventilated utilising high efficiency heat recovery ventilation plant offering additional efficiency and reduction in emergency consumption.

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