We’re halfway through February, and over halfway through the construction work on our new Northgate development. Although hard to view at street level thanks to the huge cloak of scaffolding that currently shrouds the building, we have now begun the installation of windows (see image below) in the accommodation blocks and along the Cornmarket facade. Work is also well underway on the stonework which will clad large parts of Northgate. We’re using precision-cut Clipsham limestone from quarries in Lincolnshire to clad the building and, once completed, over 8,000 hand-cut, bespoke pieces will have been laid – weighing in at almost 1500 tonnes.


Glazing has begun. Photo credit: BAM

Despite the fairly bleak weather over the past few weeks, the BAM team has been able to continue with roof works and the building should be water-tight by late April. Work will commence shortly on the party wall with WH Smiths.

Inside the building, the beauty of our architects’ design is starting to become a reality. The construction of the sculptural staircase that will connect all floors of the building is now complete (see photo below) and, with all the postgraduate accommodation pods now in place, the fourth quad has really taken shape in recent weeks. 

Hub staircase

The curved staircase of the new Digital Hub. Photo credit: BAM

A carefully-coordinated range of trades, from carpenters to electricians, are currently working on the site, with each group working in their own COVID-secure bubble to ensure the continuing safety of everyone working on the project, and the local Oxford community. This includes the engineers who are now installing Northgate’s ground source heat pumps, which will eventually help to power the building.

Looking down on to the new Fourth Quad (mid January 2021) Photo credit: BAM

David Stevenson, Jesus College Property Director, says “We’re delighted with how the development is moving ahead, despite everything both the recent weather and the pandemic have thrown at us. I continue to have weekly meetings with members of the BAM team and contractors, who are working so hard to ensure good progress is being made”.

New Digital Hub CDF search launched

We recently announced that we are now recruiting for a Career Development Fellow to take a leading role in the programming of activities in the College’s Digital Hub at Northgate.

The Digital Hub is designed to be a flexible space that will use state-of-the-art streaming technologies to transform the learning and research experience of the Jesus academic community. The new facility will also enable us to increase our outreach activities to both the local community, and schools across Oxford, England and Wales.

Digital Hub

A CGI of the Digital Hub at Northgate. Image credit: MICA Architects

The SOUTHWORKS Digital Hub Career Development Fellow will help curate a broad programme of public and College events hosted in the Hub, working closely with Senior Fellows and College Officers. They will lead on developing innovative activities which could range from creating digitised versions of the College manuscripts and early printed books to running online science experiments to engage primary-aged children.

This exciting position has been made possible thanks to the generosity of Mr Alejandro Jack, associate Alumnus of Jesus College and the Said Business School (Diploma in Global Business 2021), and his business partner Mr Jonathan Halife. In 2004 they started SOUTHWORKS, a UK-based software development firm. The company works on high-profile digital projects for well-known clients such as Microsoft, Discovery, 7-Eleven and the PGA Tour. Mr Jack was particularly excited by the Hub’s role as a centre for learning and knowledge exchange in Oxford, which he sees as a natural pairing for SOUTHWORKS.   

For more information about the role and to apply, please visit our Academic Vacancies page here.