Housing – Cardinal House, Oxford

Extension and Refurbishment of Sheltered Accommodation.
Frankham provided multi-disciplinary services to assist in bringing this scheme for extension and refurbishment of sheltered accommodation at Cardinal House from feasibility stage to completion under an NEC3 contract.

The existing blocks at Cardinal House were a disparate arrangement with many changes in level, which failed to meet current standards for accessibility, sustainability, and security. Frankham provided an options analysis, using 3D modelling, together with specialist technical surveys including a type 3 asbestos survey, and worked with the City Council team to determine the most cost effective strategy for demolition, refurbishment and extension.

The preferred solution involved demolition of existing single storey elements in order to create a complete 2 storey quadrangle, with a new main entrance and enclosed landscaped central courtyard. Traditional construction was chosen for reasons of compatibility and thermal mass.

The scheme achieved Code Level 4, notably using a biomass boiler serving a communal heating system, the strategy for achieving Code 4 being determined with assistance from our in-house code assessors and low carbon consultant.

The architectural design aims to bring a face-lift to the locality using a variety of finishes to break down the institutional appearance of the original block, and creating a warmer, fresher palette of materials.