Ship Street Centre – Jesus College, Oxford

When Jesus College Oxford seized a “once in a generation” opportunity to create residential conference facilities, it chose Clarkson Alliance to drive the £6m redevelopment project because of our unfaltering outcome-oriented approach.

Project overview

  • 31 bedrooms – for students in term time and conference delegates during vacation
  • 100 seat lecture theatre and additional smaller teaching rooms
  • Complex English Heritage requirements
  • Budget: £6m

The original scope of the project was a 100 seat lecture theatre with 2 additional conference rooms. We worked closely with the college’s governing body to help them maximise the return on the capital investment by adding 31 bedrooms which would be used during term time by first year students. By ensuring that the bedrooms were built and equipped to a very high standard, we were also able to guarantee that the Ship Street project secured a share of the lucrative corporate conference market by attracting conference speakers and delegates from large corporate entities during the holiday “down time”.

Throughout the project, adhering to the conservation and English heritage requirements along the way provided significant challenges. Preservation of part of the old city walls, including one of its bastions – a Scheduled Ancient Monument – had to be incorporated into the building using sensitive and specialist remedial works whilst ensuring public access was maintained to these historical structures. Additionally, the central location required a crane to be constructed on site with detailed logistical planning to enable materials and equipment to be delivered.

Clarkson Alliance worked collaboratively to define the scope, pace and detail of the project and by identifying strategies to mitigate risk and by articulating the roles and responsibilities of the design team from the outset, we ensured a delivery date that enabled the facility to start earning money immediately.

Services provided

Services Clarkson Alliance provided project management and Head of Cost Management David Chapell provided cost management services.

Value £6m

Client Jesus College, University of Oxford

Contract NEC Option A

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