IHBC’s HESPR ‘Special Interest News’: Agora Journal on HESPR Member Purcell’s Oxford work… and #IHBC25 too!

logoIHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – our Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition quality assurance scheme for heritage services – emails members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts, and this week features  the Agora Journal’s notice on works by a HESPR member on St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, alongside our #IHBC25 silver anniversary launch.

Joe Kelly writes in Agora Journal:

It’s funny how familiar places can suddenly take on a new significance – as an Oxford student in the mid-1980s I occasionally visited St. Catherine’s College but, like most young undergrads, spared no thought for its architecture or creator.

Nova et Vetera is the college’s motto, ‘Things both old and new’. It was built in 1962 by the radical Danish architect Arne Jacobsen. Colloquially known simply as ‘Catz’, it’s now quite rightly a Grade One listed structure and interior.

Visitors will also notice that the college now boasts an arresting and bold new £10m circular Graduate Centre, and an extension to the existing student accommodation pavilions. This latest addition – designed by Purcell Architects – provides a complementary accompaniment to Jacobsen’s original campus design and Manchester-based Stephen Hodder’s later phases of development…

‘Jacobsen used pure form geometries consistently throughout the design,’ said Nicola Hewes, Regional Partner at Purcell.

‘The music house is a plan form of two intersecting octagons, the gymnasium is a pure square, the cycle store is a cylindrical building and thus we designed the new Graduate Centre floor plan as a circle’.

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This issue helps mark the IHBC’s 25th anniversary year: #IHBC25

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