Set in the listed gardens of Worcester College, this RIBA award-winning unique project sees the delivery of the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre comprising beautifully crafted auditoria, dance studio, seminar rooms and an e-hub. The project is built within the flood zone and includes the extension of Worcester’s lake to bring the landscape and building together.

What we did

With a dedicated partner and project management resource on the project from inception to completion, Bidwells was able to provide the client with an expert and dedicated resource to overcome major challenges and deliver a highly bespoke, tailored and iconic building within the picturesque and listed landscape of Worcester College:

  • Led the architectural competition and selection
  • Diverted mains public sewer.
  • Overcame liquidation of key subcontractors
  • Delivered bespoke steam bent seating to fit amphitheatre brief
  • Obtained specialist design input for the stone and timber to de-risk delivery
  • Collaborated with the college and wider stakeholders to ensure the brief was met



  • Delivered the architectural intent by involving specialist subcontractors early and looking farther afield for expertise in areas such as stonework, joinery and glazing
  • Provided the client with a one of a kind building
  • Provided the client with the operational and functional requirements of the facility, which align with the architectural aspirations for the building
  • Provided the client with a seamless and clear point of contact to provide a structured and calm decision-making process
  • The project won Project of the Year at the Oxford Property Festival 2018 and RIBA South Region for best building 2018


Shortlisted for RIBA Stirling Prize 2018


Winner of the RIBA South Award 2018 and RIBA South Building of the Year 2018

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Construction value of project



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