Stone supplier wins £1.2m university contract

How the building will look

Lincolnshire natural stone specialist Stamford Stone has announced a £1.2m contract win which will see it supply its Clipsham limestone as part of a multimillion pound development in Oxford.

The landmark building on the Northgate House redevelopment site, which forms part of Jesus College, will house a new college quad, student accommodation, retail units, a digital hub and teaching and learning spaces, a cafe and exhibition space.

Stamford Stone is providing almost 1,500 tonnes of natural stone, made up of over 8,000 bespoke pieces of stone – each one will be hand cut and marked with letters so that it can be laid on site correctly.

Dan Wilson, director of Stamford Stone, said: “We are really pleased to be involved with such a high profile project as this.

“We have worked hard to promote our Clipsham stone to be the go-to stone for restoration projects in Oxford and Cambridge over the years and this work is beginning to pay dividends. The Clipsham limestone we excavate from our quarries is the most recognised stone in the area for large-scale commercial projects.”

The Northgate development has been designed by MICA Architects, BAM is the main contractor and Szerelmey Stonework and Restoration are designing the detailed fixing systems and installing the stonework; the building is due to open in autumn 2021, marking Jesus College’s 450th anniversary.