Conservation

  • Radcliffe Camera by Oxford University Images/David Williams
  • Oxford University Images/David Williams
  • Oxford University Images/David Williams
  • Oxford University Images/David Williams
  • Oxford University Images/David Williams

Estates Services is responsible for the repair and upkeep of some of the finest buildings in the city. These include the Radcliffe Camera, the Sheldonian Theatre and the Bodleian Library.

Award winning work

Our Conservation & Buildings team is committed to carrying out conservation repairs to the highest standards and has received awards from the Oxford Preservation Trust and RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors).

Conservation Management Plans

We are currently working on a four-year project to produce Conservation Management Plans for 47 of the University’s 67 listed buildings, which represent 20% of the total estate. The Plans draw together information from diverse sources including archives, planning records, books, articles and websites, to provide valuable information for project, facilities and building managers, architects and planners, as well as the Conservation & Buildings team itself.

They also assist in the preparation of Heritage Impact Assessments and, as publicly-accessible documents, these help to increase understanding and appreciation of these buildings by the people that use and visit them.

The Plans contain fascinating information on the history of each building in addition to the principles employed in its conservation.

Our Conservation principles

Our work is carried out in line with these core principles of conservation:

  • Any repairs or alterations will be informed by an understanding of the significance of the heritage asset
  • Any alterations must be sympathetic to a building’s significance as a heritage asset and respect its character and that of the surrounding area
  • Active consideration will be given to improving disabled access throughout the estate.
  • Heritage assets and their original architectural features should be conserved and kept in use wherever possible, although change may be necessary to keep the building safe and usable
  • Any alterations should incorporate low and zero carbon technologies where feasible