Castle Hill House Project
In early 2018, St Peter's made its first major acquisition of new land and property next to the central college site since the early 1980s. The grounds of Castle Hill House, located on New Road between Canal House and the college's Law Centre, offers an exciting opportunity for development, which will allow St Peter's to provide more accommodation to its students, particularly second year undergraduates.
As with the Perrodo Project (2014-2018), the college is looking for a distinctive development that meets our three principal criteria: utility, function and aesthetics. Castle Hill House will be a much more visible building than our recent projects, and will form an important part of the public realm on New Road, which itself has an increased profile because of the recently opened Westgate Centre.
The design of the project has made considerable progress and has been well received in principle by our very many stakeholders. We have completed the high-level design of the building based on our overall requirements and the findings of the various surveys – topological, archaeological, arboricultural, engineering and so on. The construction of the project itself will take c.2.5 years.
By the end of 2019, we plan to have completed all the design work, the extensive requisite consultations and to have been granted planning permission. Then we can appoint a main contractor for the construction work.
Before we make that critical go/no go decision in the summer of 2019, we need to have modelled the financial impact of the build and to have raised sufficient funds through our Development Office, which, in line with standard practice, needs to be c.75% of the cost of development of £15m.