West Quad View

New College Oxford

A new quad for New College, Oxford, home to the first purpose-designed quadrangle built in 1403.

DKA has won planning consent for a new campus for New College, Oxford. The scheme, which will be called the Gradel Quadrangles after the principal donor, is the result of an invited competition won by the practice in 2015.

New College was the site of the first planned quad in 1403, a model that has influenced educational institutions globally for over six hundred years. The leafy semi-suburban site offers the opportunity to reimagine the quad as a model for a learning community for the twenty-first century - departing from the quad’s closed origins and seeking a contemporary interpretation that enjoys a fluid and open relationship with the surrounding city and nature.

Alongside new student accommodation, the project also contains a student study space, music hall and new facilities for the adjacent New College School, a boys’ preparatory school. A tower and gatehouse complete the composition that Historic England has described as ‘one of the very few instances where contemporary design can be considered genuinely outstanding’.

College quad, school, lecture theatre and music hall

Oxford, United Kingdom

New College, Oxford



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  • Design Team
  • David Kohn, Philip Dring, Matt Volsen, Liz Betterton, Robin Turner, Hannah Constantine, 
  • Daniel Koo, Darren Park, Matthew Blunderfield, Luca Bosco, Jessica Lyons, Tarn Philipp, Kate Ivinson, Rachel Glenn, Natalie Klak, Daniel Norman

  • Collaborators
  • Austin Newport
  • Charcoalblue
  • David Bonnett Associates
  • Marcus Beale Architects
  • Price and Myers
  • Skelly & Couch
  • Todd Longstaffe-Gowan
View to New Warham House
Porter's Lodge
Mansfield Road
New College School
Great Quad
Stone Cladding
Context Plan
Site Plan
Quad Sketch
Site Section
Typical Floor Plan of the West Quad
New Warham House Elevations
New Warham House Ground Floor Plan
Current Physical Model

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