Penoyre & Prasad has been selected to devise a long-term masterplan for Wolfson College, University of Oxford.
Founded in 1965 with Sir Isiah Berlin as its founding President, Wolfson has grown to be one of the University’s largest graduate colleges. Its core buildings were designed by Powell & Moya and are Grade II Listed. The estate also includes several Edwardian Villas and extensive gardens, all within a conservation area. The College wants to significantly increase residential and academic accommodation for its community while enhancing its heritage context.
Sir Tim Hitchens, the President of Wolfson College said “Wolfson is delighted to be working with Penoyre & Prasad as we envisage the College’s future. Oxford Colleges are enduring organisations, who think long-term; we are home and workplace; our people come from 69 different countries and all ages. So our future built environment needs to reflect those special characteristics. We look forward to working together with a great architectural practice.”
Penoyre & Prasad said “It is a privilege to be commissioned for this exciting and complex project. We look forward to working closely with the Wolfson community to sensitively enlarge the estate in a way that continues a very distinguished architectural heritage that is itself a reflection of the egalitarian, international and open spirited culture of the College. Both client and architect also want to ensure that the masterplan addresses the climate emergency and resource scarcity.”
Allies and Morrison and Stanton Williams were also on the shortlist.