Willmott Dixon’s St Peter’s College Passivhaus project is topped out

A residential project for St Peter’s College, one of the University of Oxford’s 39 world renowned colleges, celebrated its ‘topping out’ after construction work reached the highest point.

It is being built by Willmott Dixon to Passivhaus standard and will provide St Peter’s College with 54 bedrooms for its students across four storeys. Split over two buildings, it will include a podium garden with paved and planted areas, with further enhancements to the existing Canal House garden and links to the main College site.

Professor Judith Buchanan, who is Head of House, said: “St Peter’s College is a beautiful college, but bijou in scale. This exciting new development, right on our doorstep, represents a step-change expansion of the estate. The provision of more high-quality student accommodation on site will benefit students of the College for generations to come. We look forward to seeing students in residence, enjoying all the benefits that community living brings.’


Richard Poulter, Willmott Dixon’s managing director in the south, said: “It is wonderful to be celebrating this milestone on a cutting edge, ultra-low energy residential building that will meet Passivhaus standards.

The building will be in keeping with the College’s philosophy of ‘honouring the past, building for the future’, allowing students to benefit from housing in one of the UK’s most sustainable residences.”

Willmott Dixon is working with the university’s project team on achieving the Passivhaus standard.

The new accommodation will be complete in Autumn 2023.

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