Posted on: 28th June 2023


The extension to Radley College Chapel, in Oxfordshire, received the top regional award from RIBA, winning the RIBA South Building of the Year Award 2023 and the Regional Conservation Award in May 2023. The following month in June 2023 it also became a RIBA National Award winner 2023 (one of only 30 buildings in the UK to do so).

The extension for this historic building was undertaken by Purcell Architects in 2020 as the private school’s growing number of pupils meant they required more space for their chapel.

Carpenter Oak designed and built the complex octagonal roof structure, with the help of Rhys Brooks of Harrison Brookes Architects to develop the geometrical principles for the project.

Given the intricacy of this structure we assembled the frame in full at our yard before it was transported to site in Oxford and raised to its centrepiece position in the chapel.

Read more about this incredible project here.


Photography: Dan Paton