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D'Overbroeck's College's stunning new campus

The hybrid of old and new is inspired by Oxford's former Masonic Hall

Posted by Julian Owen | October 14, 2017 | Bricks & mortar

The architectural grandeur of a former Masonic Hall has provided the inspiration for a new sixth form campus for D’Overbroeck’s College in Oxford which features glazing solutions from Senior Architectural System’s Hybrid range.

Designed by TSH Architects, the new sixth form college is located at the site of the city’s former Masonic Hall which dates back to 1823 and has been sympathetically restored and extended to provide a number of new facilities. 

The construction materials for the new build elements, which comprise a new sixth form college and separate hall, have been specified to both complement and enhance the existing Italianate Villa style of the older building. Doors, windows and curtain walling from Senior’s innovative Hybrid range - which features aluminium on the exterior to provide a durable and low maintenance solution and engineered timber on the interior for a natural look and feel - provided the solution.

Fabricated and installed by Soundcraft Doors and Windows for main contractor Kingerlee Ltd, Senior’s Hybrid series 3 curtain walling system and Hybrid series 1 windows were installed to give a light and spacious feel to the two-storey teaching building, as well as provide views of the surrounding parklands. Besides complementing the existing architecture of the site, Senior’s high-performance Hybrid system also ensured that the required U-values and thermal efficiency requirements were successfully met.

Senior’s Hybrid curtain wall and windows were also installed to the college’s new hall, adjacent to the main building, which provides dining facilities and a 180-seat auditorium for performance and events. A key challenge was the creation of the hall’s curved elevation, featuring a complex faceted curtain wall screen.

To complete the fenestration package, Soundcraft installed Senior’s robust SPW501 aluminium doors. 

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