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De Boer's temporary replacement for the New College Oxford Dining Hall
De Boer's temporary replacement for the New College Oxford Dining Hall

Brackley’s temporary structure specialists are showing off their finesse as they provide a stop gap for one of Oxford University’s historic dinning halls.

As the 14th century New College is restored and extended De Boer, based on the Buckingham Road industrial Estate, was charged with maintaining some of the atmosphere of the college’s dining hall which has fed the minds of well known comedians, national and international statesman, and Nobel Prize winners.

Some of the fixtures from the hall have been transferred to the temporary structure built over three months in the college quadrant. They are supported by replica oak panelling, wood effect flooring, brass light fittings, oil paintings, and chandeliers.

Toby Bennett, De Boer’s sales manager said the preparation was as challenging as the build itself as they jumped over planning, heritage and preservation hurdles.

He added: “Right from the initial brief the college was adamant it wanted to emulate the great existing dining experience for its students and we’ve been committed to delivering just that.”