Wadham College, Oxford

The Dorothy Wadham Building is a student residential quad designed specifically for the second year undergraduates of Wadham College, Oxford on a site located in the Iffley Fields, south-east of Oxford’s town centre.

The project comprises a new quad of four individual buildings arranged around a courtyard garden. Three and four storeys in height, they will accommodate 134 ensuite student bedrooms clustered as individual flats with six rooms sharing a kitchen and dining room. Additional accommodation includes rooms adapted for wheelchair users, student work rooms, a laundrette, a flat for the live-in site manager, offices, porters lodge and reception. Part of the quad is a single storey ‘garden pavilion’ which will be used as an informal common room for students in term time and a conference and teaching facility throughout the summer.

The architecture responds to its sensitive setting, bordering a conservation area and sharing party walls with neighbouring residential properties. Sitting on the Iffley Road, a main arterial road into Oxford, the brief demands a high quality building which will represent the College in this prominent location. The arrangement of spaces around shared gardens will help to engender sense of community among undergraduates. The landscape will be domestic character including lawns, bio-diverse plantlife and seating areas. A gabled roofscape and the use of light brick and timber framing respond to the neighbourhood’s residential character.

The design aims to well exceed Oxford’s sustainability targets. The building is oriented east-west and naturally ventilated, using attenuated acoustic vents to reduce background noise from the Iffley Road. Combined heat and power will be integrated into the design as will sustainable urban drainage and the potential for solar power.


Wadham College, University of Oxford
Landscape architect
Bradley Hole Schoenaich
Project manager
Structural engineer
Services engineer
Skelly & Couch
Transport consultant
Paul Basham Associates
Acoustic consultant
Ramboll Environ
Access consultant
David Bonnets Associates
Planning consultant
Carter Jonas
Cost consultant
Fire consultant
Fire Surgery


5,432 sqm
134 residential
Iffley Fields, Oxford