Four minutes’ walk from the main College site, The award-winning H B Allen Centre has space for 235 full-time graduates, currently the largest student accommodation project in the UK.

This project was delivered on behalf of Keble College on the former Acland Hospital site, now known as The HB Allen Centre, in honour of the major donor (Heather Barbara Allen, founder of the The HB Allen Charitable Trust).

The old hospital site has been converted into 235 accommodation rooms for post graduate students, in addition the site delivers 2,000m2 of basement space which Keble has let to create high-end research space. The site also boasts high class conferencing, teaching and a gymnasium.  The original Acland Hospital, designed by TG Jackson  (famous for the Bridge of Sighs at Hertford College) was retained and a basement inserted beneath the building adding a new level of complexity to the construction.


What we did:

  • Project managed the construction and design teams to ensure the delivery of the redevelopment

  • Worked with Keble College to develop a robust response to the brief, this included the creation of a new access route from Banbury Road through to Woodstock road and on to the science centre - a vital addition to the vibrancy of the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter (ROQ)

  • Managed a change in project brief with the addition of a basement across the entire site, which brought with it the opportunity for the College to maximise proceeds through rental income. The location of this space and the demands for research space meant that a pre-let was agreed with two tenants before constriction commenced 
  • Project managed significant engineering and construction challenges and continued our ongoing dialogue with the Oxford City Council (OCC) conservation officers,



  • Delivery of Oxfordshire’s finest new quality building in 2019, answering multiple client’s briefs

  • Creating an inspirational space for both the users and the wider community half a mile from Oxford city centre

  • The £70m graduate centre was officially opened by the Duke of Cambridge on Thursday 3rd October 2019. 


Project of year

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Image: MICA, The Boundary
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