The first phase of a new project to be built at Oxford University in the UK has been given go-ahead by the city’s council.

The development will feature new student blocks, including the remodelling of three listed buildings.

Niall McLaughlin Architects will create two buildings featuring 68 rooms, a library and teaching room for Somerville College, as well as the redesigning of the Grade II listed outpatients wing that will become the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art.

The council’s strategic development committee approved the plan despite objection from conservation groups.

The Grade II listed former infirmary will be converted into university office space, and the 144-year-old chapel will be remodelled as a performance and conference facility.

Purcell Miller Tritton will undertake the redevelopment of the infirmary and the chapel.