Barns Road, Cowley, Oxford

Contributes to the area in a positive, discreet way

Barns Road by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.
Barns Road by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Credit: Rob Parrish

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris for Green Square Group

Contract value: £5.97m

GIA: 4,080m²

In delivering affordable homes for sale and for rent in a challenging part of Oxford, there were clear lessons from London and continental mixed use schemes, where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

  • Barns Road by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.
    Barns Road by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Credit: Rob Parrish
  • Barns Road by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.
    Barns Road by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Credit: Rob Parrish
  • Barns Road by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.
    Barns Road by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Credit: Rob Parrish
  • Barns Road by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.
    Barns Road by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Credit: Rob Parrish
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This scheme contributes to the area in a positive, discreet way. Interesting ‘moments’ that survived budget constraints include roof gardens, balconies and generous vertical slots at the entry space. On upper levels, double aspect residential units have broad open views across Oxford and the kind of space and light normally only found with a much larger budget. 

The public art was a little lost in the cluttered streetscape, but the quality of build was good and overall it’s an impressive achievement.


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