The University of Oxford has started construction on a new £2 million social hub at Kellogg College.
Built to Passivhaus certification, the building is industry leading in terms of its energy efficient design and will be the first of its kind for the University.
Located on Banbury Road, the new hub will provide a much-needed social space for over 800 post-graduate students and incorporates a new kitchen, café and common room.
“The University is dedicated to providing the outstanding facilities for its students,” said Dr Chris Davies, acting president at Kellogg College.
“This building will not only provide an exciting new social hub at the heart of the College campus, open to all members of the College, it will also be a low-energy model for the University, both in terms of energy use and running costs.”
Construction company Speller Metcalfe was appointed as building contractor at design stage alongside architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.
“We have a real specialism in delivery of highly sustainable projects, including Passivhaus design, which can see a reduction of up to 90% in energy bills,” said Adrian Speller, director of sustainability at Speller Metcalfe.
“It is fantastic to work with a client who is so forward-thinking and willing to invest in a building that will have a much lower impact on the environment in the longer term.”
The project is set to complete in April 2017.