Scheme involves revamping 1850s library designed by George Gilbert Scott

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Inside Oxford University’s Exeter College

Six practices have been shortlisted for a competition to revamp an Oxford college’s grade II listed library.

The building at Exeter College was designed by Victorian architect George Gilbert Scott in the 1850s but is now in need of repairs along with plans to increase the number of reader spaces.

The finalists are: Carmody Groarke; Coffey Architects; Gort Scott; Jonathan Tuckey Design; Lee/Fitzgerald; and Nex.

The library includes a timber-vaulted ceiling at the upper level and oak bookcases with decorative mouldings of fruit and foliage created to Scott’s original designs.

The compeitition has been organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants.

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Oxford University’s Exeter College