Oxford Castle

Oxford Castle, at the heart of one of the best known historic cities in the world, has a complex history stretching back over nine centuries, as a royal castle, a seat of county government and a prison.

A competition was launched which produced a mixed-use scheme to integrate the site with the rest of the city centre and allow public access to historic buildings and the castle mound. We acted as lead pre-planning consultant, with responsibility for masterplanning, conservation and structures; since, we have been engineers for detailed design and construction. The complex site is architecturally and archaeologically very sensitive, and the project involved major alterations to listed prison wings to turn them into an award-winning hotel, the construction of new hotel and retail and residential buildings, including one by Dixon Jones, and a visitors centre by Panter Hudspith.