The Rokos Quad was formally opened by HRH The Duke of Kent KG at a ceremony in April 2013. It is named for Foundation Fellow and benefactor of the College, Chris Rokos (alumnus, 1989) who gave the lead gift to the Pembroke Bridging Centuries fundraising campaign which went on to raise £17m to fund the new buildings complex which now surrounds the quad.
After many years of planning and exploring options for purchasing land adjacent to the historic Pembroke main site, planning permissions were granted and the builders (and archaeologists) moved in to start work in late 2010. A glass-sided footbridge was constructed to join the new buildings to the old, the first of its kind in Oxford for a century. Gradually a whole complex of new spaces emerged, including teaching rooms, a multi-purpose auditorium, a cafe space, an art gallery and a lot more student accommodation (including some flats for graduates).
This momentous new development at Pembroke gives the College state-of-the-art facilities alongside its traditional spaces, and is enjoyed by students and conference guests alike. Since its completion it has been widely praised and awards have been received from The Oxford Preservation Trust as well as the Institution of Structural Engineers.