The awards celebrate outstanding contributions to the conservation and improvement of Oxford’s built and natural environment. The OC Tanner project was entered into the Small Building’s category and Director of Estates, Simon Barker, was thrilled to receive the certificate at the awards ceremony this week. He said;

“I am very pleased that this work has been recognised by Oxford Preservation Trust, and with the big improvement that this project has made to life at Linacre.

When the judges visited, they commented on the quality of design and workmanship, and how pleased they were to see the transformative effect of the accessibility works.”

The accessible entrance and lift, widening of corridors and changes made to floor levels with the introduction of ramps has unlocked access to parts of the College not previously possible. The addition of accessible washroom and baby change facilities has also made the OC Tanner Building more inclusive.

It is an exciting time for the Linacre estate with a full refurbishment of the Bamborough Building also well underway. Five ensuite study bedrooms are being created in the roof space and the remaining twenty rooms are being significantly improved. We will also be creating a fully accessible ensuite bedroom which will include additional support facilities and improve access for users with mobility requirements.

The environmental performance of the Bamborough Building will be enhanced by removing its reliance on gas and installing state-of-the-art insulation and water saving technologies.

The below before and after images show the improvements made to the OC Tanner Building.