SHOPPERS in Cornmarket in Oxford are sharing the busy shopping street with a huge crane.

Work is continuing on a £36m Jesus College scheme to revamp Northgate House.

The old building has now been demolished and the new shops and student accommodation block is about to be built.

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College principal Sir Nigel Shadbolt said: “A huge tower crane is being installed that will enable our construction partners BAM to manoeuvre materials on to and around the site from Cornmarket Street and Market Street to minimise disruption to neighbouring buildings and shops.

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“Once completed, this landmark building will be home to a new college quad, city centre postgraduate accommodation, retail units, a digital hub and inspiring, accessible multi-purpose teaching and learning spaces.

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“It will also allow the college to be more outward-looking, enabling the public to access events, exhibitions and public-engagement talks more easily.

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“With this new development, we are not just embracing the future of learning - we’re shaping it.”

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The new accommodation areas will include 68 new graduate student rooms and four self-contained Fellow’s apartments.

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There will also be a Tower Gallery, a new public exhibition space and function room with spectacular views of Oxford’s iconic spires.

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The project is due for completion in summer 2021, to coincide with the college’s 450th anniversary celebrations.