Founded in 1379, New College is one of the constituent colleges of Oxford University. Despite what the name may suggest, New College is in fact one of the oldest colleges at Oxford University. Our ability to provide the necessary skills and experience that were needed in order to successfully cater to the demands of this project is partly the reason we were considered. Ultimately, this allowed us to be set apart from other firms in the industry, and meant that we were able to secure the project.
The refurbishment of the different areas of New College posed an exciting opportunity to showcase the range of highly bespoke joinery work that we are able to produce at Summers Joinery. From the restoration of the Great Hall, to a cabinet made simply for holding napkin rings, we were able to satisfy each and every aspect of the job down to each minute detail.
Working amongst the beauty and tradition of the grounds at New College made it all the more gratifying to be able to contribute towards the college’s history and stunning surroundings. The work we provided to New College included the addition of bespoke furniture for use in the Great Hall. The elegance and tradition that runs clearly throughout the University was mirrored in the design of the work, and resulted in an extremely pleasing aesthetic.
The New College project also shows how we have embraced the benefits of using modern, synthetic materials alongside traditional timber solutions. The use of Corian for corridor and stairwell cladding provides a smart appearance that is very durable and easy to clean. Synthetic solid surfaces have been successfully utilised by us in many washroom and kitchen environments, and they lend themselves well in healthcare and school applications. The surfaces can be shaped into bespoke profiles and come in a myriad of colours that designers love.