KJ Tait

Ash & Brent Buildings, City of Oxford College

Activate Learning
Project team
Adp Architecture

This project involved the refurbishment and extension of the existing ground floor catering department to provide modern catering teaching facilities and a 100 seat café/restaurant.


The works included the creation of:

  • Practical teaching spaces
  • Bakery, chocolate and butchery teaching areas
  • Staff prep areas


The remaining 1st and 2nd floors and adjacent Cherwell building remained occupied and live during works.

Our design services included:

  • New catering ventilation system matched to student cooking load with advanced filtration, variable air flow to minimise running costs.
  • Improved fabric performance to minimise heat loss.
  • Heat recovery on all general ventilation to minimise heat load.
  • Air conditioning system to maintain stable air temperature for areas of chocolate, pastry and baking work.
  • Modernisation and upgrade of electrical infrastructure for whole building.
  • AV infrastructure to allow live streaming of lessons.