St John’s College Porter’s LodgeOxford

The project enhances the arrival experience into St John’s College, University of Oxford for students, staff and visitors, whilst respecting its historical context and value.

The design involved the refurbishment and alteration of the existing Lodge space in the Grade I listed West Range of Front Quad, located at the main entrance into the College.

With a detailed understanding of the ‘Significance & Values’ of the 15th Century Building, the designs were developed to sensitively reconfigure the Lodge to allow it to meet the 21st Century demands of the College. The works consisted of reordering the internal spaces to provide a new welcome area with a bespoke reception desk, creation of meeting rooms, welfare areas for the porters and new secure post and student pigeon hole rooms.

The most challenging intervention was to include the new access into the lodge making it fully accessible to all. Two existing openings in the covered passageway were adapted to achieve this. These have been finished with four-centred arch openings, lined in ashlar stone and oak filled with a glass door.

A temporary lodge was required to allow the porters to continue to support the running of the College whilst the works were implemented. Ridge worked closely to develop the requirements of this arrangement and ensure this was established prior to the works commencing on the main refurbishment.

Ridge provided St John’s College with a full Multidiscipline team, and offered full services including development of the concept designs, gaining planning permission and listed building consent, developing the construction information and procuring the project to administering the building contract and inspecting the works on site

  • Grade I Listed

    Nationally important heritage

  • Quality Craftsmanship

    Use of local Joinery & Masonry teams

  • Complex Servicing

    Establishing a temporary arrangement

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