Above: timelapse video of recent weeks at the construction site.
Following the completion of demolition and enabling works, construction work has begun on the Master’s Field Project - a development that will create over 200 study bedrooms for students, accommodation for Fellows, a new sports pavilion and other facilities for College Members (more details here).
Since June 2017 Maylarch has been preparing the site. Eastman House, the home of the visiting Eastman Professors, has been demolished, the Eastman archive – a library built up over the years by the Eastman Professors - having been moved to the King’s Mound in Mansfield Road; in due course the library will be rehoused in the new Eastman accommodation that is to be built as part of the scheme. The old sports pavilion has been demolished, as have St Cross 3a, 3b and 5 and garages. Enabling work has included the erection of hoardings, the creation of a temporary car park, the removal of asbestos and vegetation, and the protection of tree roots.
For the construction work, Balliol has appointed the construction engineering company BAM, who started on site on 12 February 2018. The first of the new student rooms are due to be completed at the end of 2018/early 2019, so that students living in the Martin and Dellal buildings can move into them, following which Martin and Dellal will be demolished. The current schedule (which may be subject to change as work progresses) is for phase one to be completed by April 2019 and the whole project to be completed by June 2020.