Oaklands College is a Grade II listed post-war former educational campus in the centre of St. Albans. After the college moved to new premises the site was bought by Fairview New Homes for redevelopment into housing. Fifteen new apartment blocks were planned in a campus arrangement across the site that contained over two hundred mature trees, as if a parkland. A design language was derived from a central group of retained and listed buildings. Adopting the rectilinear building shape and by adding layers in an additive approach, we arrived with a building design that responded to its setting within the listed campus. The buildings use a restrained palette of natural materials – grey terracotta, zinc and cedar – to complement and echo the elegant and glassy listed building group.