RIBA Somerville College Dining Hall Design Competition, English architecture contest, UK halls of residence

Somerville College Dining Hall Competition Oxford

Woodstock Road Halls of Residence in southern England, UK design contest

17 Feb 2020

Competition launched for Somerville College dining hall

17th of February 2020 – The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has launched a competition on behalf of Somerville College, a constituent college of the University of Oxford.

Somerville College, Oxford:
Student Accommodation Somerville College, Oxford
photograph : Nick Kane

RIBA Somerville College Dining Hall Competition

The competition is seeking a multi-disciplinary design team to develop innovative acoustic, lighting and ventilation solutions for the Colleges’ Grade II listed dining hall which currently struggles to accommodate events throughout the year due to the triple burden of oppressive acoustics, crude lighting and inadequate ventilation.

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, Somerville’s Principal said; “When our hall was opened in 1913, there were only 120 brilliant young women studying here. The magnificent proportions of the building were a testament to our ambition to take our place amongst the great – and male-only – colleges of Oxford.

Today, that ambition has been realised. Somerville is home to a diverse community of around 630 students, joined by academics and support staff, for whom this space remains an integral, daily part of College life. This brings with it new challenges. We are looking for an imaginative proposal that will help us to meet the needs of the 21st century; enhancing the hall’s dignity and beauty while creating a space which can be used and enjoyed by all.”

In the first instance the College is seeking submissions of Expressions of Interest in response to the Preliminary Briefing Paper. It is anticipated that five teams will be shortlisted and invited to participate in the design phase of the competition. An equal honorarium of GBP £6,000 (+VAT) will be paid to each of the shortlisted teams.

Applications are invited in accordance with the requirements set out in the Preliminary Briefing Paper, which is available here: http://ribacompetitions.com/somervillecollege/

The deadline for receipt of applications is 14.00hrs on Monday 16 March 2020.

Somerville College Student Accommodation images / information from RIBA

Previously on e-architect:

24 November 2021
Catherine Hughes Building, Somerville College, Woodstock Road
Design: Niall McLaughlin Architects
Catherine Hughes Building England UK
photo courtesy of Brick Awards
Catherine Hughes Building Somerville College Oxford

30 Jun 2012

Somerville College Student Accommodation

Design: Niall McLaughlin Architects, London

Somerville College Student Accommodation Oxford building
photo : Nick Kane

Somerville College Student Accommodation

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