Library & Study Centre receives Oxford Preservation Trust Award

Date 14 November 2019

We are pleased to announce that our new Library & Study Centre received a plaque in the New Building category at the annual Oxford Preservation Trust awards on Tuesday 5 November.

Library & Study CentreThe Oxford Preservation Trust was established in 1927 with the aim of making a positive difference to the buildings and streets of Oxford, and caring for open spaces which contribute to Oxford’s green setting. The OPT works to educate and engage with the local community, to help guide positive change through promoting good planning, and to restore and conserve buildings and green spaces, all with the wider objective of ‘keeping the best of Oxford’s past whilst building the best for the future’. 

The Trust’s annual awards aim to ‘recognise the finest new buildings and the most exemplary efforts to preserve older structures’. During the awards ceremony, held in the St John’s Auditorium, plaques were presented to projects throughout the city and the surrounding area that have contributed to Oxford and its green setting. This year, which marked the 42nd year of the OPT awards, there were a record 56 entries in a variety of different categories, including Large Building Conservation, Small Building Conservation, New Buildings, Small Projects, and Landscape and Public Realm. Certificates were also awarded to a number of other projects in the city. 

President of St John’s College Professor Maggie Snowling said, ‘We are delighted that the Oxford Preservation Trust has recognised our outstanding new Library & Study Centre by presenting it with this award, and we are very grateful to everyone who was involved in creating this wonderful new building’.

Our Library & Study Centre was officially opened by Sir Keith Burnett on Saturday 12 October – read more about the Opening here