At the prestigious Oxford Preservation Trust (OPT) Awards on 4th November 2014, 1 – 3 Ock St was awarded a plaque in the Building Conservation category. The awards panel commented on the sensitive and sympathetic restoration, the marrying of the old and the new, the innovative use of glass, the combination of deck and fire escape and “for providing offices that cannot fail but to impress“. Praise indeed from an organisation founded 80 years ago and that considers itself as “Oxford’s own national trust”.
The OPT Awards are now in their 37th year and are judged by a panel of experts from across all walks of the City and Universities and are chaired by Professor Malcolm Airs an OPT trustee and eminent historian. This year the panel awarded 9 plaques and 12 certificates across the 4 categories of New Buildings, Building Conservation, Small Projects and Environment/Landscape.
The other plaque winners in the Building Conservation Category were Oxford University for the restoration of the glass roof to the Museum of Natural History and Queens College for conservation works and refurbishment to the College Library.
So we were indeed in strong company.
The plaque will proudly adorn the building shortly.