Construction has started for Abingdon School Boarding Houses

We've reached a project milestone as construction has just started on site for the New Crescent House and Austin House development at Abingdon School in Oxfordshire.


Abingdon School is a leading independent day and boarding school for boys set within an impressive parkland campus, featuring historic buildings and landscape. The school is one of the oldest schools in England, with references to the school dating back as far as 1100. 


The scheme developed by David Morley Architects and Abingdon School will upgrade two of the school’s existing boarding houses by remodelling parts of the house and erecting a large boarding house development adjacent to each of the houses. 


The project offers the opportunity to significantly improve the quality of boarding accommodation while also improving staff accommodation and providing better facilities for the day boys.


By combining the existing boarding house with a new building there is the opportunity to bring all the boarders closer together and to introduce new, modern facilities that meet the expectations of contemporary boarders while maintaining the charm and character of the existing building.


David Morley Architects has worked with the school on past projects including the Beech Court Sixth Form Centre, and Faringdon Lodge, an extension of the Yang Science Centre. The new building phase will enhance the environment locally within the school grounds and complement the architecture of the existing buildings.


The specified materials are tactile, textured and visually interesting. The material palette is inspired directly by the adjacent and surrounding buildings, and more generally by Arts and Crafts architecture.


This new phase is projected to complete in May 2023.