Work to create a new Northgate House for Jesus College in Cornmarket, featuring new facilities for students, and new shop units, is now nearing completion.

Here we look back at some of the images of building work starting in 2019.

In July, a tower crane at the redevelopment was dismantled.


The removal of the crane, which has lifted hundreds of tonnes of materials on to and around the site, marked the beginning of the fit-out phase for the project.

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Northgate House, at the corner of Cornmarket Street and Market Street, will provide the college with new teaching and research facilities, a digital hub, indoor and outdoor communal spaces, postgraduate accommodation, a café and public exhibition spaces.

It will also feature new retail units and an NHS medical centre for the local community and visitors to the city. The project is due for completion in late 2021.

The crane, in place since February 2020, was essential to enabling the College’s construction partners BAM to manoeuvre materials on to around the site with minimal disruption to neighbouring buildings and shops.


David Stevenson, Jesus College’s property director, said earlier: “Over the next few weeks, BAM will slowly and carefully start to take down the scaffolding that has hidden the building from view for much of the past year. We are all looking forward to seeing the new Northgate House emerge.”

"Glazing and roofing is completed, and electrical work is now under way in the student accommodation block.

"Plastering has begun across many internal spaces, and stonemasons are currently installing stone work in our new quadrangle.

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"It’s wonderful to see the building transforming, and the vision of our architects MICA becoming a reality.”


The progress is a boost for Cornmarket which in recent years has suffered the loss of a number of stores to the Westgate Centre and the closure of department store Boswell's.

American clothing chain Gap recently announced it was closing stores including the one at Clarendon Centre off Cornmarket.


But music chain HMV is opening a new branch there later this month.

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Greggs in Cornmarket is temporarily closed due to a problem with a broken sewer in the area which Thames Water staff are fixing.