St Aldates, Oxford, Student accommodation

Student accommodation: development of a derelict pub/restaurant into student residential accommodation.


  • Located in the Oxford Central Conservation Area.
  • Development of a derelict pub/restaurant site.
  • 59 student rooms with en-suite facilities, with communal areas, kitchen and dining, cafe/common room.
  • High levels of user satisfaction with the building finishes.
"The building is very well insulated and does not overheat in summer. Its acoustic performance is excellent with no complaints regarding outside noise, even from the occupants of the rooms at the front of the building that overlooks one of the major roads in the city."
Facility Manager
Urban regeneration investment

Located in the Oxford central conservation area, at the southern end of one of Oxford's main thoroughfares, this development of a derelict pub/restaurant into student residential accommodation was welcomed by the Local Authority.

The development, built bespoke for Bellerby's College, preserved and fully re-furbished the existing frontage building and integrated it with a more contemporary development towards the rear of the narrow city centre site.

A simple design focused on airtightness, a good building fabric, the materials used and the predicted in-use energy consumption. Access to natural daylight was maximised and solar shading developed to prevent summer overheating. Daylight and occupancy sensors in the communal areas helped reduce onsite energy demand together with a centralised boiler and a smart meter.

A post occupancy evaluation of the building revealed high levels of user satisfaction with the building finishes, service provided by the developer, acoustic performance, safety and security together with good energy performance. The report also highlighted areas for further energy savings and feedback on building design versus measured performance which is catalogued and used as a source of reference for future schemes.

Urban Regeneration Projects

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