Kitchen Range

New College, Oxford

Client – New College, Oxford
Date of Completion – 2015

The refurbishment of the Kitchen Range at New College, Oxford has sought to redress inadequacies in the infrastructure, the communal areas and the flow of food and personnel throughout the kitchen range. The 14th century kitchen has been carefully repaired and fitted with modern equipment and ventilation to suit 21st century needs. New stores have been constructed to provide an efficiently organised catering environment. Circulation and access problems have been solved by constructing a carefully proportioned first floor extension and installing two new lifts. The new north passage with an all-glass roof and minimal junction detailing to the existing medieval Buttery wall links the new catering facilities to the refurbished Buttery. By clearing away 20th century partitions in the north undercroft, the 18th century volume has been restored, and a new hub for College social life formed.

Careful conservation and cleaning of stonework, repairs to medieval timber floors and roof members, and replacement of modern tiles with Cotswold stone slates on the main kitchen roof formed part of a major repair package. Archaeological excavations and dendrochronological investigations have firmed up the early history of the College.

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