Frewin Development

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Client: Brasenose College

Location: Brasenose College, Oxford

Planning permission granted for our new development plans for Frewin. On 8th December, the City council’s Planning Committee granted unanimous approval of the scheme, with very positive comments by the Councillors about the excellent and sympathetic design.

The scheme will be delivered in two phases:

The first phase will be the construction of a new block of 30 ensuite student rooms, sharing a large kitchen and living space. There will also be two music practice rooms. The rooms will be set around a new courtyard garden, opening off the quad in front of Frewin Hall, which will also be re-landscaped. The construction will take two years, with the new rooms available for students to from September 2023.

The second phase will then be the restoration and redevelopment of the Frewin Hall. The highly decorated ground floor rooms will be opened up for a mix of social and study space for use by all 200 students living in the Frewin Annexe. The Norman Undercroft, one of oldest inhabited buildings in the country, will be improved and better linked to the ground floor rooms. The upper floors will remain as student bedrooms, and converted to ensuites. Throughout the building some of the rather unsympathetic changes made in the 70s and 80s will be removed or improved.