St Hilda’s College – Pavilion and Anniversary Building

The Anniversary Building and Pavilion at St Hilda’s College were completed in late 2020. They have replaced the old Porters’ Lodge and Middle Common Room and Milham Ford, which were demolished in 2018, the College’s 125th anniversary year, to enable the transformation of St Hilda’s site.

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The two new buildings provide a new College entrance, more student accommodation for undergraduates, a new Middle Common Room for graduate students, a multi-faith room – ‘The Sanctuary’, and high-quality teaching, office and social spaces with new facilities that will enhance the experience of studying, living and working at St Hilda’s for all staff and students.

The newly developed landscape between and around the new buildings opens up the College gardens, provides new vistas from the public highway to and through the grounds, and links the College’s north and south gardens along the river edge.

©Gort Scott

By transforming the St Hilda’s site, breath-taking views have been opened up from every angle, over St Hilda’s gardens, across the river Cherwell to the Botanic Gardens and Christ Church meadow, neighbouring Merton and Magdalen Colleges, the city centre, and beyond. The Anniversary Building, with Oxford’s newest tower and a fully-accessible Roof Garden and Observation Room, offers spectacular vantage points from which to enjoy the outlook while the Pavilion occupies a unique position on the River Cherwell. The gardens have been redesigned to embed the buildings in the distinctive green space of our riverside setting and are full of year-round seasonal colour that encourages biodiversity.  Our new College tower improves greatly the street view of Cowley Place and marks the College’s position on there, close to the vibrant and richly-diverse centre of student life that is Cowley Road

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The new buildings include more teaching spaces for academic staff to hold tutorials and seminars with their students. There are new offices for St Hilda’s professional staff. The buildings also include state-of-the-art conference facilities that are available for businesses to book for in-person and hybrid (in-person and online) events.

©Gort Scott

St Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford OX4 1DY

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