MICA's re-purposing of post-war buildings in city centres


Construction underway on new raised quad for Jesus College Oxford (MICA)

How can the re-purposing of university buildings restore the health of our high streets? MICA's work for the Northgate construction in Oxford, demonstrates just that.

MICA was appointed by Jesus College to create a new mixed-use development on the busy thoroughfare of Cornmarket, comprising ground floor retail with academic facilities and accommodation above. The project is also a catalyst for the improvement of Market Street.

MICA commented:

'The new building will forge connections both with openness to its central Oxford location and within the historic College itself. A new route through the adjacent listed building from the existing second quad has been carefully carved out in recent weeks, improving accessibility and connectivity between all College facilities, new and old.

'The concrete frame for the Cornmarket (Oxford's popular shopping street) and Market Street blocks is almost complete, topping out at the second-floor podium deck which will be the base of the unique new raised quad for the College. The dynamic spaces of what will be the new Digital Hub are emerging with the floor slabs of the triple height atrium being formed.'

The mixed-use development is due for completion in 2021 i