St Aldates


Working for Developer Client Reef Estates in our role as Executive Architects, Whittam Cox Architects have delivered a new student residential development in the heart of the historic City of Oxford, for Reef Estates’ Client Christchurch College. 



16,000 sq.ft.

of residential and retail space delivered in the heart of Oxford 

Reef Estates 

16,826 sq.ft.

Project Completion
September 2017

This project included a sensitive conversion of a historic building, a new build façade to Queen Street with the construction of five storeys of new accommodation above and the addition of a further new build element to the rear.  Given the site’s proximity to numerous adjacent existing buildings on all sides there were also a number of complex party wall issues that had to be resolved through detailed design development.

Owing to its central location, the team had to work closely with Oxford City Council’s Conservation team to ensure that the development would not only effortlessly integrate in to the existing street frontage but significantly enhance the historic location too. 

The development comprises a varied mix of ground floor high street retail units covering a total area of 16,826 sq ft with 133 student residential bedrooms situated within cluster units distributed over the floors above. The student residential accommodation is further complimented by the inclusion of ancillary amenity space including a cinema and gym.