LMH wins national building award

LMH wins national building award

University

15 Nov 10

An Oxford college has won an award for the design of a new building that has allowed it offer accommodation to undergraduates for three full years.

The Pipe Partridge Building at Lady Margaret Hall (LMH) in Norham Gardens was this month awarded the 2010 Georgian Group Architectural Award for the Best New Building in the Classical Tradition.

The building will house 66 undergraduates, meaning that LMH can now house all its 400-plus undergraduates on site for three years – not only making life easier for students, but taking pressure off local housing.

Pipe Partridge was designed by architects John Simpson and Partners who, with LMH, were praised for their attention to detail and the way the building blended with earlier College buildings. It was built by Oxford-based contractor Beard.

It also houses the 120-seat Simpkins Lee Theatre, seminar, dining and common rooms.

Dr Frances Lannon, Principal of LMH, said: ‘Lady Margaret Hall is thrilled to win this award. John Simpson has designed a beautiful building that enhances the visual charm and architectural harmony of the College while also providing much-needed additional accommodation and facilities.

‘We can now accommodate all undergraduates on site at LMH for three years. The Simpkins Lee Theatre and the new seminar, dining and common rooms are in full use and are greatly appreciated.

‘Pipe Partridge is the first half of a transformative project at LMH. The second half will include a new Graduate Centre. This is a visionary collaboration between the College and John Simpson.’

This is the seventh year of the Georgian Group awards, which recognise new buildings and the restoration and conservation of existing period structures.

The building was completed earlier this year and is named after alumnae Hilda Pipe, who studied history from 1939, and Betty Partridge, who read natural sciences four years later. Both former students left generous legacies to LMH.

The Howard Theatre at Downing College, Cambridge, and a Palladian villa at Wudston House, in Wedhampton in Wiltshire, were among the entries that LMH pipped to first place.