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Fresh cut for Oxford's Jam Factory as restoration of historic building complete

24 September 2020
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Oxford’s famous Jam Factory building on Frideswide Square, which was formerly home to Frank Cooper’s marmalade production, will have a fresh lease of life following completion of a major refurbishment and an arrangement to let the office space to a new occupier – Oxford University Endowment Management.

Nuffield College, which has a long-term lease on the property, has finished a comprehensive restoration of the building working with Oxford-based contractor Benfield & Loxley and a design team led by the property consultancy Savills.

Built at the start of the 20th century, the prominent former factory now provides over 11,000 sq ft of characterful office space.

Oxford’s Refurbished Jam Factory Entrance Low-2[2]Tom Moore, Bursar of Nuffield College, said:“The Jam Factory is an Oxford landmark and an important part of the city's history.  It was fundamental for us to respect its heritage while creating an attractive modern workspace.  The design and building teams have achieved a result of the highest quality that will enable the building to contribute to the city's economy and the wider ambition to revitalise and refresh the West End.”

Completion of the project despite the lockdown is a particularly notable achievement.  Main contractor Benfield & Loxley re-set the project works programme to achieve social distancing and all of the public health requirements applicable as a result of Covid-19 – but kept the site active and maintained momentum.  A team of largely local sub-contractors worked on the refurbishment including Oxford Pipework Services Limited, Haysham Limited, The Cotswold Casement Company, OG Stonemasonry Limited, H&L Painting & Decorating Limited, Clear Living Limited and Thomas Cleary & Sons Flooring.

Savills led the design team, which included Qoda Consulting Limited, Chipping Norton-based Solid Structures (UK) Limited, Banbury-based Hadland Manning Bullock & Partners Limited and Bidwells.

Oxford’s Refurbished Jam Factory Workspace Low-18[2]Tom Bridgman, Executive Director Development at Oxford City Council, said:“The refurbishment of the Grade II listed Jam Factory is a significant milestone both for the building itself, but also for the wider West End of Oxford, which is set to see significant economic growth over the next decade.  The addition of more high quality workspace into the city is much needed, and fantastic to see.  We look forward to working with Nuffield College, and our other partners across the West End, to realise the development potential of this part of Oxford and create many more business growth and job opportunities in the coming years.”

 


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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