North Bailey House


The refurbishment of a tired 1970’s office building in the heart of Oxford, to deliver Grade A offices and a food/retail space housed in a contemporary building by stripping back the existing octagonal mass to allow for a more refined design approach.

A tall, glazed stone colonnade to one facade will emphasize a new vertical expression and formality to the building, whilst improving the sense of perspective when viewed at street level. A brick façade overhanging a busy pedestrian street to the west will be replaced with a projecting glass box, faced with stone fins to continue that rhythm of vertical elements.

An existing retail delivery bay will be retained and but redesigned as a double-height reception space, with gold-hued metal panelling around the cutaway feature entrance, the rich material clearly signalling the point of arrival.