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Our journey to reimagine Rhodes House

Reimagining Rhodes House has been a multi-year journey from planning to building and completition. It is more than a building project, is is a central plank of the Rhodes Trust's mission to become an ever more open and inclusive community dedicated to working towards a better world.

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Rhodes House before the Big Build

Discussions and feasibility studies to expand and reinvent Rhodes House began in 2017, with the aim of better accomodating the huge range of Scholar activities at Rhodes House, updating its aging infastructure and creating space for the world-changing conversations for which the Rhodes community is renowned.  

Following extensive easibility studies, Stanton Williams were appointed as architects in November 2017 and Stage 1 proposals were provided for Trustees' approval in June 2018.
Planning permission was granted in 2020.

Render showing the new accommodation at Rhodes House. A sunken courtyard has bedrooms from each side with trees down the middle of the courtyard. Five people are standing along the corridor .

Architect's rendering of the new Rhodes House residential courtyard.

Staircase To The Rhodes House Basement

Staircase to the Rhodes House basement

Building work commenced at Rhodes House in 2020, and inbcluded extensive archaelogical works in the gardens, yielding new evidence of Oxford's Civil War past

The project involved major excavations at the Rhodes House site, including breaking through the "Giant's Grave", the roof of the Rhodes House basement, formerly used as a book store for the Bodlean Library.

An Excavator Digging Through The Giant's Grave

An excavator breaking through the "Giant's Grave"

Excavating The Rhodes House Residential Courtyard

Excavating the site of the Rhodes House residential courtyard

Building work created an earth sheltered courtyard for accomodation at Rhodes House. Protected in the background are the Civil War ramparts, which have been preserved and form a prominent part of the new Rhodes House gardens. 

Outdated services within Rhodes House have been replaced with low-energy, efficient alternatives, carefully preserving the fabric of the historic Arts and Crafts interior and exterior.  

Pipework At Rhodes House

Services at Rhodes House