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Student accommodation at St Peter’s College at the University of Oxford

The creation of two Passivhaus Institute Low Energy Building Standard buildings to provide 54 bedrooms for the college’s students

Our team are delivering a modern, ultra-energy efficient student accommodation project at St Peter’s College, one of the 39 colleges that make up the world famous University of Oxford.

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The project to create two buildings that will each be four storeys will provide 54 bedrooms for the college’s students. As well as meeting the ultra-low carbon Passivhaus Institute Low Energy Building (LEB) Standard, the buildings include a podium garden with paved and planted areas, as well as enhancing the existing Canal House garden and links to the main college site.

To achieve PHI LEB standard, the design will follow a ‘fabric first’ approach to achieve extremely low energy consumption and high occupant comfort, with a more relaxed target for space heating and airtightness, providing greater flexibility to the design of the building.

The Master of the college, Professor Judith Buchanan said:

"St Peter’s is a beautiful college, but it is compact. Being able to offer more accommodation for our students matters crucially. Oxford’s private rental market is extremely expensive in ways that hit the poorest hardest.
“This eco-friendly new development enables us to extend our accommodation offer to undergraduates in ways that are economically so important for them, while making a transformative difference to the feel of our whole estate."

Richard Poulter managing director for Willmott Dixon’s Central South region said:

“Following the UN’s report on climate change, we are looking forward to working with St Peter’s College to deliver a low carbon student residential building that will be a template for future projects. Using our extensive sustainable construction expertise, it will be in keeping with the college’s philosophy of ‘honouring the past, building for the future’, creating a wonderful environment for students to live in one of the UK’s most sustainable residences as they study at the prestigious college.”

The St Peter’s College project is the latest to benefit from Willmott Dixon’s extensive Passivhaus knowledge. The company built the award winning £38m Harris Academy Sutton, the UK’s largest Passivhaus accredited secondary school. It also delivered Hackbridge Primary School, the UK’s first Passivhaus ‘Plus’ education facility, which consumes only 75% of the 100% renewable energy it generates, selling the remainder back to the grid.

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  • First project working in collaboration with the University of Oxford.
  • Designed to meet the Passive House Institute Low Energy Building Standard
  • Working in a confined area at the heart of Oxford.




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