Preservation of the fragile historic roof above the Picture Gallery, the centrepiece of the Attingham Park mansion. The design solution needed to be elegant, to both minimise the impact on the building but also to complement the historic surroundings.
The Grade I-listed Bodleian Library Underground Bookstore was built between 1909-1912 as a two-floor overflow book storage facility for the Bodleian’s collections. Constructed beneath Radcliffe Square between two of Oxford’s most historically important Grade I listed buildings, the Old Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera, it links to these buildings as well as the New Bodleian Library to the north via tunnels. The Gladstone shelving within the Bookstore was an early attempt at dense book storage on rolling bookshelves.
Purcell was appointed to bring the building up to current standards and re-order it for everyday use by Cadbury staff, enhancing DDA access throughout the building.
A residential quad designed in 1968, the Blue Boar building was plagued by leaks, cracking stone cladding and services failure since its completion. A solution was required to not only improve the building’s performance, maximise the space and create development opportunities but also gain statutory approval.