The old kitchen operated under difficult conditions due to lack of space and limited appropriate facilities. The project brief to Original Field of Architecture was to analyse and understand the issues with the dining and food delivery system and make proposals to address these. After initial consultation and observation, a lengthy process of exploration and design development took place between St Clare’s and the design team. This has resulted in the proposal to design a new extension to the existing building at no.135 Banbury Road that responds to the client’s brief, site and context. The design is high quality, modern and energy efficient and will fulfil the College’s requirements for food storage and processing. The new kitchen also aims to provide a quality work environment with much improved staff welfare facilities.
The project started on site in May 2019 and is due for completion in Spring 2021.