WYNG Gardens Development
On 20th April 2014 the College was granted permission to redevelop the St Clement's Gardens houses on Thompson's Lane.
The current terraced houses are in a bad state of repair and are inadequate for the needs of students today. The development will involve constructing a modern, four-storey building on the site, which will provide 72 en-suite student bedrooms. There will also be kitchen facilities on every floor and a common room area.
"The current accommodation at St Clems is in a bad state of repair. The new building will be an asset to the College, providing us with much-needed, up to date facilities as expected by students today and also allowing us to increase revenue generated through conferencing during the Vacations. A lot of consideration has been given to the design to ensure it remains sensitive to the nature of the buildings in the street." Glen Sharp, Junior Bursar
The building will also have space for seminar rooms and reception space so that the building can be used out of term time to help increase our revenue from conferencing.
The architect is alumnus, Tristan Rees-Roberts (1967):
"Our aim for the new building in Thompsons Lane was to design a good looking, contemporary building which would respond sensitively to the listed Magdalene building opposite and to the rear of the houses in Portugal Place. The scale and materials of the building were carefully considered to fit into the streetscape, with a good deal of planting around the building to provide an awareness of green from Bridge Street. The interior has been designed to give a high standard of accommodation for 72 students with facilities which will allow use of the public areas for College functions."
Work on the site will begin in October 2014 and take just under two years. You will be able to follow progress of the work on our wesbite via the timeline.
We are grateful to the WYNG Foundation for their part-funding of the new building, which will be known as WYNG Gardens.
Memories of St Clements Gardens
We know many alumni will have fond memories of living in "Clems". If you do have any photos of the Clems houses then do send a copy in to the office and we can make sure material is archived.
Name a room
For those who may be interested in supporting the project we are offering the opportunity to name one of the 72 student bedrooms for £75,000 or the seminar space for £500,000. Please contact Rachelle on firstname.lastname@example.org