Oxford Castle


Temporary Works: Structural support during conversion of listed building

Client: Oxford Castle Ltd. (Osbourne Group)

Archaeological investigations indicate the site of Oxford Castle, latterly Oxford Prison, has been occupied since the time of the Norman Conquest. The original wooden constructions were replaced with stone structures that eventually formed the western defences of the city of Oxonforde. Having played its part in the 1642-1646 Civil War, the castle fell into disrepair.

Picture engravings, dating back to 1769, indicate the presence of the City Gaol on the site. From that date onwards the prison facilities were enlarged upon, until the latter half of the 19th century when they reached their present stage of development. The prison finally closed in 1996.

The Castle buildings have undergone substantial renovation by Oxford Castle Ltd, an Osbourne Group Company. In partnership with English Heritage and Oxford City Council, the Castle buildings were converted into hotel accommodation that include museum facilities.

Due to their historical importance the buildings have been given the highest grade of listings by English Heritage. CDS were pleased to work in conjunction with GDG Management Ltd, The Architects Design Partnership and structural engineers Alan Baxter Associates, to provide sympathetic temporary works solutions to support the existing structures during the alterations.