Student Accommodation

Student Accommodation

Student Accommodation

Wadham College – Dorothy Wadham Building

Project Overview:

PSP were appointed by Wadham College to provide full quantity surveying services on an exciting scheme to develop a new campus on Iffley Road to accommodate their 135 second year students. The project comprises the construction of five new buildings, set around a garden quad with a central cafe and flexible learning and conference space.

The Design:

The main design includes:

  • 117 en suite student bedrooms arranged in clusters, each with a shared open plan kitchen/ common room
  • 150m2 of flexible space (for learning, teaching or conference use)
  • 40m2 of commercial grade kitchen
  • Ancillary space, all set around a courtyard garden
  • Office / workshop spaces (B1) fitted out to shell and core, and 11 self contained flats (C3).

Construction Characteristics:

The scheme incorporates Continuous Flight Auger (CFA) piled foundations, and a contiguous piled basement to accommodate plant and maintenance. The super structure, up to and including the second floor, is a reinforced concrete frame with pre-cast concrete plank floors. The third floor and roof are constructed from Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) panels. The single-storey Garden Building is a steel and glulam frame with CLT pitched roof.

Further characteristics include:

  • Standing seam zinc roof coverings, with a planted green roof to the Garden Building
  • CLT staircases with oak treads and risers
  • External brick-facing walls with metal clad feature bays incorporating aluminium windows and vertical oak posts
  • Student bedrooms fitted with bespoke joinery and en suite bathroom pod
  • Garden courtyard with high-quality paving and high-density planting
  • Double-stacking bike racks for 134 bicycles

Procurement Process:

The project was procured under a design and build contract, though the client progressed the design to RIBA stage 3+, giving them more control over the design and materiality. The scheme’s size and value puts it very much at the upper end of typical work carried out by the main Oxford contractors, yet was possibly not quite large enough to attract a good spread of dedicated contractors from larger centres in the region, such as London and Birmingham. After assessment, the level of interest in the project was not sufficient for a robust competitive tender from appropriately experienced contractors. Therefore, one preferred contractor was asked to tender on a two-stage open book basis.

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