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Tenant's departure raises fears over future of college building
THERE are concerns about the future of a building in North Oxford after one of its tenants decided to leave.
Aristotle House is at the bottom of Hayfield Road and is owned by Wadham College.
But after Oxford Illustrators decided to leave the building, worries have been expressed about what the college might do with the site.
City councillor for St Margaret’s Jim Campbell said: “One of the current tenants is moving out and the other will continue until next September.
“Wadham is in talks with their agents and architects and this is of huge interest to people in Hayfield Road because there are things that they would rather not see there such as a Tesco.
“In St Margaret’s there is no other site which is quite so interesting for development and it is important that whatever goes there adds to the community rather than subtracts from it.”
The site is next to Oxford Canal and at the junction of Kingston Road with Aristotle Lane, which is named after nearby Aristotle’s Well.
Apart from Oxford Illustrators, the rest of the building is occupied by Oxford Study Courses Ltd, which runs International Baccalaureate revision courses.
But no one at Oxford Study Courses was available for comment.
A spokesman for Oxford Illustrators, which is moving in December, said: “The landlords have told us that the building is going to be demolished or redeveloped and after several years of not knowing, we have decided to get new premises in Kidlington.”
The current Aristotle House was built in the 1960s on the former site of Hayfield Wharf which was used as a coal wharf after the canal reached the site in 1789.
Nearby pub The Anchor Inn was opened in 1796 to serve the canal boat trade.
Wadham College was asked to comment on the future of the building but did not respond.