Building for the Future: an exemplar for student and academic accommodation.
Increased Number of Student Bedrooms on-site
The Hands Building (formerly known as Love Lane) adds 74 affordable and high quality, en-suite student bedrooms, increasing the accommodation capacity of the main College site by 75%. This provides all Mansfield undergraduate students with the opportunity to be housed in College-owned accommodation. Further on-site accommodation is something that the student community told us would transform their Mansfield experience and we responded.
More students now have the benefit of our wonderful café and terrace on their doorstep, as well as being within easy reach of the Library, computer facilities, Chapel, Old Hall and Student Common Rooms.
The new building includes The Sir Joseph Hotung Auditorium, a 160 seat auditorium which is available for a range of College activities and lectures and is shared with the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights (BIHR). It is already improving the amenities that Mansfield can offer students, Fellows and staff, and significantly enhances the College’s appeal as a venue for academic conferences.
Designed for the Future by Rick Mather Architects
The building design is an exemplar for student and academic accommodation. The Oxford City Planning Department praised the building for its use of renewable energy sources and other features, which make it a model of sustainability. Over the lifetime of the building, this will help significantly reduce College running costs.
The building was created using pre-fabricated engineered timber panels which form the super structure and were built off-site; each study bedroom and bathroom for instance came ready assembled in a ‘pod’ – this reduced the number of deliveries, reduced time lost between different tradespeople, and minimised disruption to College life.
The study rooms are arranged over four floors with each floor having a communal kitchen and three of the floors have one accessible room per floor.
The BIHR occupies the lower two floors of the building in a series of academic offices, seminar rooms, and work spaces for post-doctoral researchers, visiting fellows and graduate students.
The Sir Joseph Hotung Auditorium is a fantastic new space for the College, designed with glazing to bring in natural light with an opening out to the newly created terrace.
"The College continues to see successes in both access and academic performance, with an increasingly diverse student base being attracted to Mansfield. Ensuring we have improved facilities across the College is ever more important." Allan Dodd, Bursar
The impact that the Hands Building will have on Mansfield students is significant. It provides all undergraduates in their first three years the opportunity, should they wish, to be housed on the main College site.
In addition, it helps sustain Mansfield going forward. The improved accommodation and facilities also enhance the College’s appeal as a conference venue and a steady state income of £500,000 per annum is projected. Any funds generated will be reinvested into College – benefiting Mansfield’s environment, its teaching, and its student support and access.
The opportunity to live in the Hands Building is the equivalent to giving each of our students around a £2,000 bursary each year as it will cost far less in rent and utility bills than renting from private landlords in Oxford. On average it costs students around £5,600 to live in private housing for an academic year. Currently accommodation in Mansfield costs students £3,600, with more security and close proximity to College facilities.
"Renting privately in Oxford is hugely expensive and having to live out during my second year weighed heavily on my mind when applying to Mansfield College. For this reason, the building will be a huge asset to Mansfield, especially considering the College’s commitment to creating a diverse community of students from a wide variety of economic backgrounds." Jehanara, Jurisprudence