Hodder & Partners has won planning permission for a £3.75 million residential scheme and art studio in Oxford that will see the renovation of a grade II listed building by Edwardian architect Henry Hare
The project encompasses three new buildings: a 150sq m studio built on the north side of the site; and two new timber-clad residential buildings, which together total 1,050sq m.
These create visual symmetry in the design while also allowing views through to an existing orchard and gardens.
The site — 121 Banbury Road — was originally built as a residential house in 1903, with an attached chapel later added.
It is owned by client and further education institution St Clare’s college, which has also acquired a number of Edwardian properties spread across the North Oxford Conservation Area to form its campus.
The college had already commissioned a masterplan covering its various sites from Rick Mather.
Hodder’s scheme, the result of an invited competition against local practice Berman Guedes Stretton, will also see the demolition of the existing chapel, which currently houses the college’s art studio, and the restoration and renovation of the original 400sq m listed building.
“The challenge for us was that Rick Mather’s masterplan for the site was very well defined and do you accept that or do you challenge it? We chose to challenge it in places,” said Stephen Hodder.
“In our plans, the chapel is demolished and what we’re calling the south wing sits on the site making a much more delicate connection with the listed building.”