Keble College Project 

Independent Client Adviser

Website: www.keble.ox.ac.uk
The largest single college project undertaken in Oxford in the past forty years

Keble College has embarked on a project to redevelop its Acland Site on the Banbury Road providing 255 units of en-suite accommodation and some 2,100m2 of research/office space, along with a café, lecture theatre, common rooms, seminar rooms and gym.  The development is the equivalent of a new graduate college.

Designed by Rick Mather Architects the scheme preserves part of a Grade 2 listed building and will create a graduate centre and a vibrant location for leading-edge research and development.


Ian Bridge Consultancy were engaged to assist Keble College in the procurement of a project manager for the scheme.

Project coverage


Keble College Project by Ian Bridge Consultancy
Collaborative Approach and Oversight
Keble College wished to supplement the project team with an appropriately skilled and experienced project manager for the construction, commissioning and handover stages of the project. A key selection criteria was to demonstrate a collaborative approach to the role with proper oversight and quality control, required by the Governing Body.
Keble College Project Management
Detailed Brief
During meetings with The Warden and Bursar we established a brief aligned to outcomes required by the College. This was converted into a tender package for appropriately qualified, pre-selected candidates. Each candidate was asked to undertake a “health check” of the scheme and invited to formally present their findings and fee proposals at interview with The Warden, Bursar and ourselves.
Keble College Oxford project - Ian Bridge Consultancy
Independent Client Adviser
Our assistance to the College with their procurement of a project manager followed guidance prescribed by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Guidance Note: GN107/2013). The process panel enabled them to procure a suitably qualified project manager to sit between the College, the design consultants and the contractor with executive authority to instruct them.