We hope you enjoy the updates showing the process of transforming the college as the Levine Building project is underway.
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Excavation of the building site by Oxford Archaeology, November 2019 onwards
The new building in the grounds of Trinity College now has large foundations and a basement; the process of digging these out would destroy archaeological remains, so excavations are being conducted in advance of construction work to see what has been hidden for centuries. A team from Oxford Archaeology have been involved from the early stages of this project to ensure that important archaeological evidence is thoroughly excavated, recorded and reported on. A particularly exciting find was evidence of a large stone chamber that looks to be the remains of a large fountain or water-feature; this is particularly significant as it appears to confirm the existence of the elaborate formal gardens depicted in William Williams’s 1733 print of the college. The print was previously thought to reflect Williams’ aspirations for the gardens (perhaps an artistic flight of fancy), but the garden discovery appears to match the feature in the print very closely.
Demolition of the Cumberbatch Building, July to October 2019
This video shows the progress of the demolition of the Cumberbatch Building between August and October. Going at breakneck speed, it shows just how much has been achieved in just a few months.
Removal of the Stuart Gates, July 2019
To provide a new entrance to college large enough to deal with traffic during the demolition and building works, the metalwork of the iconic Stuart Gates was removed and the stone piers protected with timber hoarding. The metalwork will now undergo repairs and will be returned to the gate upon completion of the project in late 2021.
Lawns Pavilion installation: April 2019
The installation of the new temporary Lawns Pavilion involved closing off sections of Parks Road overnight and craning the building parts over the Stuart Gates. The new building will now be in situ for three years.
Tree clearing, February 2019
The first significant preparatory works for the Levine Building began with the felling of a number of trees in the Wilderness to enable access and construction. Diseased tree trunks were disposed of using a wood chipper—Europe’s largest wood chipper had to be brought in for this task! Other wood has been saved and will be used within the college as planks and, it is hoped, even for carvings.
As some of the trees in the Wilderness have come down, others have been going up. A half mile of new hedging, including new trees, has been planted on the college’s Wroxton estate in north Oxfordshire.