Fellows, staff, students, alumni and friends of Balliol College gathered to see the College’s outgoing Master, Professor Sir Drummond Bone, officially launch the construction of the College’s new on-site student accommodation building.
The ceremony saw the first ground broken on a building project that will deliver 223 new undergraduate and postgraduate rooms for the College as well as a sports pavilion and extensive new landscaping.
Sir Drummond retired from his role as Master of Balliol at the end of last month after nearly seven years in the role.
Leading property consultancy Bidwells is managing the construction project, which was designed by Níall McLaughlin Architects and is being built by BAM Construction.
Sir Drummond said:
This project will allow the College to accommodate all its undergraduate population at Balliol College for the duration of their time in Oxford and will make very significant improvement to the accommodation provision for postgraduates. We are very excited to be starting this project and look forward to the completion of the first building.
Construction Director of BAM Anthony Nagle presented Sir Drummond with an engraved silver spade before ground was broken at the location of the most northerly pile of the A building.
Anthony Nagle said:
BAM Construction are very excited to be involved in this significant and important construction project in the heart of Oxford. We look forward to working with the College in delivering this high-quality scheme.
The first building is scheduled for completion by early 2019.