Besse Building Renovation Complete

16 Nov 2021

A student room in Besse - 2021
Photography by Dan Paton of the refurbished Besse Building at St. Edmunds Hall, University of Oxford by architects Original Field. The Besse building is located on the High Street and provides student accommodation across 3 floors.

We are delighted to announce that the refurbishment of 49-56 High Street (Besse Building) is now complete. With the generous support of Aularians, the Hall has transformed the Grade II building into six self-contained student apartments, offices and teaching spaces. The design of these rooms were created by the architects Original Field.

We have made significant efforts to improve the sustainable credentials of the building by installing double glazing to the rear and substantially increasing the amounts of insulation in the building. New technology has also been installed that recovers heat from the wastewater produced by the en-suite showers and which in turn reduces the hot water demand by approximately 25%.

The energy efficiency rating of the property was rated as B with a with a numerical score of 47 (the B range being 26-50). Comparing this to other properties, a newly built property of similar size might also achieve a B rating but with a numerical value of 33.

Below is a selection of photos showing the different bedrooms, hallway, kitchens, IT Computer suite and en-suite bathrooms. We look forward to welcoming future generations of students to stay at the Besse building for many years to come.

Large student bedroom in the Besse building
A student bedroom with piano in the Bess building.
A student bedroom in the Besse building.
Student bedroom in Besse Building on the main College site.
Student bedroom
The front of the Besse Building from Oxford High Street.
Corridor in the Besse building.
En-suite bathroom
Student kitchen in the Besse Building
Corridor in the Besse Building.
JCR IT Computer Suite

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