Drone photography at the Master’s Field, taken in May 2018, shows how building at the site has progressed since work by BAM Construction Ltd began earlier in the year.
The aerial views show the site’s location between the Master’s Field, Jowett Walk and St Cross Road, with a perimeter fence separating it from Balliol’s sports ground, to which the site is adjacent - and where cricket continues to be played this term. Outlines can be seen of the new accommodation blocks that are a key part of project: over 200 study bedrooms for students will be built, of which approximately 140 will be in addition to the number currently available, allowing Balliol to house more of its graduates and to offer accommodation to all its undergraduates for the duration of their time at Oxford. Groundwork for these accommodation blocks is being done in preparation for the fitting of the timber frames. You can also see a 200-year-old beech tree which will be the centrepiece of a quadrangle of undergraduate buildings.
The first building is expected to open early in 2019 and the rest of the first phase is expected to be completed and occupied by summer 2019. There is an overview of the whole project here.