It’s a rainy Thursday afternoon in Oxford: surely the perfect time for a status update on Cohen Quadrangle!
We are pleased to report that the facade supports have now come down. The metal frame that held up the listed Edwardian frontage during the initial stages of construction has now been removed after 15 long months. Soon the building will be shrouded in scaffolding and plastic sheeting while the next phase of construction takes place.
Ruskin College’s governing body notes of 1912 describe this same view: “The new buildings present a handsome frontage to Walton Street. They are Georgian in design, and are a worthy addition to the many beautiful buildings.”
Exeter’s architect, Alison Brooks, incorporated the frontage into her plans for the redevelopment of the site, designing a modern building around it. Many of her designs for the rest of the building were inspired by this 1912 section.
In other news, all the glulam beams are now installed in the auditorium, ready for the external walls to go up around them.
And finally, most of the building’s windows will arrive this week! It never stops at Cohen Quadrangle.