Exeter College, Oxford

Exeter College Library

Nex won the competition to renew this Grade II listed Library, restoring one of George Gilbert Scott's most accomplished works at the University of Oxford.

Designed by the Victorian architect Sir George Gilbert Scott in the 1850s, the Neo-Gothic Library is celebrated for its architectural quality, atmosphere and idiosyncratic charm. Notable alumni who used the library include J.R.R. Tolkien, William Morris, Martin Amis and Phillip Pullman.

Nex are leading a multidisciplinary team to complete essential repairs to the building’s fabric and upgrades to its services. Sensitive alterations will increase the number and quality of reader spaces and improve user comfort, accessibility, and sustainability.

A new mezzanine in the Library’s annexe will be both respectful of the current building and offer a confident, contemporary statement.

Our proposals were chosen by the Selection Committee for combining innovative ideas with a realistic response to the unique challenges of the building. Our approach also considers construction and logistics, and a clear understanding of how the library is managed and used.

‘This is such a vital project for the College: it was essential for us to identify the best team, who most connected with the challenge. We were very fortunate to attract a stellar shortlist.

Nex won us over with a combination of talent, insight and rigour, and we look forward to working with them as we repair, restore and renew the Library for future generations.’

Sir Rick Trainor, Rector of Exeter College

Name:
Exeter College Library
Client:
Exeter College, Oxford
Date:
June 2019
Location:
Oxford, UK
Budget:
£8 Million
Type:
Learning
Collaborators:
Project Manager: Ridge Structural Engineer: Webb Yates Heritage Consultant: Donald Insall Landscape: Todd Longstaffe Gowan Services Engineer: Laurence Owen Lighting: DHA Design Cost Consultant: Ridge