On 28 April 2014, a year ago today, we commenced our demolition at Exeter’s Walton Street site. Wearing a high-vis jacket, safety goggles, protective gloves and a hard hat, Rector Cairncross struck a symbolic (and suitably destructive) first blow.
The informal demolition ceremony was attended by Rector Cairncross, architect Alison Brooks and members of her team, lead benefactor to the project Sir Ronald Cohen, representatives from Mace building contractors, the Bursar and Deputy Bursar, the MCR and JCR Presidents and members of College staff.
Now known as Cohen Quadrangle, the development of the new campus continues apace and we are on track for our Michaelmas 2016 opening. Rector Trainor spoke earlier this year about the significance of the building to Exeter College, explaining that it “propels us with confidence toward the 21st century ‘collegiate ideal,’ where, for the duration of their degree, students live and study alongside peers and leading academics in top facilities.”
Exeter is enormously grateful to all those who have played their part in taking the project this far. In another year’s time we should be nearing completion!