The Vice-Chancellor opens the new College Hub

19 June 2017

The Vice-Chancellor opens the College Hub

Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University and an Honorary Fellow of Kellogg College, performed the official opening of the new Hub building at Kellogg College’s annual garden party on Saturday 17 June.

Professor Richardson also announced that after rigorous testing the Kellogg College Hub has been formally awarded Passivhaus certification. This makes the Hub a first for Oxford University and a showcase for the introduction of Passivhaus ideas to future buildings.

Passivhaus or ‘Passive House’ is the fastest growing energy performance standard in the world with 30,000 buildings realised to date, the majority of them since the turn of the century. The standard’s strengths lie in the simplicity of its approach: excellent thermal performance coupled with exceptional airtightness and mechanical ventilation.

The project is the culmination of a collaboration between Kellogg College, under the project leadership of Emeritus Fellow Chris Davies; Oxford University’s Estates Services team; architects Hugo Marrack and Charlotte Walker of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios; and builders Speller Metcalfe. Each decision was taken with Passivhaus principles in mind. The south-facing windows make the most of the sun’s winter warmth without overheating the building in the summer. A ‘living’ roof is planted with greenery to afford extra insulation while reflecting excess solar heat. A heat exchange system ensures that an air-tight building maintains a circulation of fresh air without losing heat in the process.

The Hub is the heart of Kellogg College, an informal space open to all College members that is home to the Common Room and Café. Besides being a great place to meet friends or share study strategies, the Hub Café offers sandwiches, salads, paninis, great coffee, and much more.

Eco-friendly and ethical

The ‘green’ nature of the building is echoed in the Café. It offers reusable ‘Keep Cups’ that are permitted in University libraries across Oxford; all packaging is compostable; the coffee served is Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade approved and also supports women’s charities; food is sourced as locally as possible; and food waste is recycled through the council scheme. All this whilst retaining the excellent quality for which Kellogg food is known.
The Kellogg College Hub
Photos by David Fisher of Fisher Studios