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EF Academy – Oxford

The Isis building, for educational client EF International, is located on Pullens Lane, Oxford, and provides new facilities for several hundred students to learn English whilst undertaking a varied extra curriculum.

Openness and light are themes that underpin the design, with vistas through the building linking dining and reception spaces back to a central feature stair.

Students and staff voted the new building as ‘EF International School of the Year’ when it first opened. EF are established in close to 500 locations spread across no less than 50 countries.

In addition, the building was nominated for an RIBA Design Award and received a Design commendation from the Oxford Preservation Trust. The judges “praised the architectural coherence of design that the school has brought to the site formerly occupied by Plater College. The glazed facade to the entrance works particularly well and positively invites you to pass over the threshold”.

The Isis building is the third and final stage of a £6,000,000 Masterplan delivered by the Practice.

Design Team
Philip Waddy



Cost £2,040,000 (Phase 3)
Duration 52 weeks on site

Education First

RIBA South East Awards 2014 – Nominated
EF International School of the Year 2014 - Winner
Oxford Preservation Trust - Commendation

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