Case Studies

Old Fire Station, Oxford

Kingerlee were appointed for the redevelopment of the Old Fire Station in Oxford.


Oxford City Council is working with Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, to redevelop the Old Fire Station, after a bid was awarded funding from the Government's Places of Change Programme.

This was an exciting project for Kingerlee as we were involved in building the original fire station in 1896.

The Old Fire Station will home a new Crisis Skylight centre providing education, training and employment opportunities for homeless and vulnerably housed people and a social enterprise, Crisis Skylight Cafe, open to the public.

There are also high quality, flexible spaces for artistic professional development and training, and for community groups to use to offer performance and visual arts events, regular classes and courses for the public.

These spaces accommodate an auditorium, a gallery and retail space, and a creative workspace for artists and designers.

The Old Fire Station opened as a working fire station in 1896 and remained the main fire station until 1971.The Crisis Skylight opened in 2011.

Pre-opening video of the Crisis Skylight in Oxford.

BBC Radio Oxford interview Crisis Skylight Oxford.


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