30 October 2017

New entrance for University Parks

A project to install a new set of decorative iron gates will improve access to the University Parks.

Work started on 30 October. The new entrance is expected to be ready early in the New Year and will sit opposite the Department of Materials on Parks Road, between Keble Gate and North Lodge.

Numerous teams within Estates Services have been involved – for example, Conservation & Buildings staff are managing the project; the University Parks team are handling landscaping around the new gates and the Communications team have worked to keep neighbours informed of what is being done.

Preparations for installing the gates should cause minimal disruption for visitors to the Parks and users of the foot and cycle path on Parks Road.

Works will involve removing a short stretch of railings and some shrubs, preparatory ground works and creation of foundations before the gates themselves are installed. No trees will be removed as part of the project.

The gates were designed and made by artist blacksmith Terrence Clark in 2007, and were originally sited outside the Clarendon Laboratories. They are known as the ‘gingko gates’ as their wrought iron posts are topped with a finial shaped as a gingko leaf.

Any enquiries about the works should be directed to university.parks@admin.ox.ac.uk.