Rick Mather Architects
Russell Thomas of Symmetrys was the lead engineer on the new building on the campus of Keble College, Oxford. The project created student accommodation on the upper floors over common rooms and a performance space in a two-storey deep basement. The reinforced concrete frame was exposed as an architectural finish in the communal areas, including the entire side wall of the theatre. The building was also the first in Britain to adopt energy piles, with water pumped through the piles then cast into the RC frame to aid with thermal performance, such that comfortable temperatures are maintained with no direct heating. Roman brickwork was adopted on all elevations which contributed to the building receiving the Brick Building of year award.