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6-12 George Street is a five-storey load-bearing masonry building with basement, built in 1891 for the YMCA. It is located in a conservation area in central Oxford within a traffic-restricted route and bound on all but the street elevation by adjoining buildings.

The redevelopment of the site includes the retention and refurbishment of the historic façade, deepening of the existing basement and the reconstruction of a new building behind the retained façade. The reconfiguration of the building will enable an additional storey to be incorporated and more generous space at basement and ground floor level for retail use. Open-plan column-free steel frame construction will be used to provide the high-spec trading floor environment required by the owner-occupier.

As structural and civil engineer for the project, Expedition has responded to a number of challenges: façade retention co-ordination for an early enabling works contract; restricted access piling and basement excavation through the retained façade; and development of a shallow vibration-free long-span structural floor to gain an additional storey.

Neil Reeder
Alessandro Maccioni
James Parker

Client: OxAM

Architect: Project Orange

Contractor: ISG

Project Value: £9m

Status: Completed 2014

George St, Oxford