engineering.
Oops! Looks like your browser is out of date. Is this page displaying correctly? If not, try upgrading your browser or use a different one.

Dorothy Garrod Building.

AKT II worked with architect Walters & Cohen to design this new residential-led, mixed-use building for Newnham College - part of the University of Cambridge.

Residential-led mixed-use college building in Cambridge featuring demolition, retention and new build.

Location
Cambridge, London
Client
Newnham College
Architect
Walters & Cohen
Project Value
confidential
Floor Area
6,900 m²
Status
completed 2018
Expertise
Structures

The Dorothy Garrod Building offers a contemporary addition to the college’s architectural heritage that complements the surrounding estate, receiving a 2019 RIBA East Award, a 2019 RIBA National Award and the 2019 RIBA East Building of the Year.

AKT II worked together with the college and the architect to develop the strategic masterplan with a focus on protecting the college’s future requirements. Connectivity with the other existing buildings was also a primary driver, to preserve the aesthetic and functionality of the college through both the architectural and structural design, while also interlinking the existing estate.

The new building provides private en-suite student living accommodation for 86 residents, with new teaching spaces, offices, a café, conference facilities, and communal areas, and a re-worked Porter’s Lodge. To enable the development, three prior buildings of up to four storeys were demolished, with just one section of the existing Fawcett Building retained and integrated within the new scheme.

The new volume comprises a four-storey C-shaped structure with a one-storey basement, and integrates with the Fawcett Building’s retained section using a movement joint, between the new and existing structure, to accommodate horizontal and vertical deflection. While predominantly a reinforced concrete frame, the structure also features a single-storey steel frame on the third floor to form two pavilions, which are set back from the building’s edges to limit any visual impact to the street below. To maintain consistency with the existing Newnham College, the building is clad in a masonry façade, with hit-and-miss brickwork at the ground floor that forms part of the natural ventilation.

A key constraint has been the college’s desire to continue its day-to-day activities as normal throughout construction, requiring logistics and sequencing measures to minimise disruption wherever possible. All works were also considerate of the root-protection zones of several large trees to the north of the site.

Awards.

2019 Brick Award – Supreme Winner

2019 Brick Award – Medium Housing Development

2019 Brick Award – Craftsmanship

2019 RIBA National Award

2019 RIBA Regional Award

2019 Schueco Excellence Award – Commendation

2019 RIBA East Building of the Year

Wind Sculpture
(TG) I
 
 
Sentosa
Sensoryscape.
 
 
The
Beacon.
 
 
Liverpool
School of
Architecture.
 
Malaika
School.
 
 
Reigate
Grammar
School.
 
Cherry
Groce
Memorial.
 
Khudi
Bari.
 
 
Haus
Gables.
 
 
10   Lewis
Cubitt
Square.
 
'Drift'
footbridge.
 
 
3290_HighRes_render_N9_hd196–222
King's Road.
 
 
5448_N8_hdCrinkle-Crankle
Concrete.
 
 
Stephen A. Schwarzman
Centre for the Humanities
 
 
4926_HiRes_rendering_N7_hdApex
1.
 
 
5008_highRes_image_N3_hdUCB
Headquarters
Campus.
 
Manor    Road
Quarter.
 
 
17 Charterhouse
Street.
 
 
Brent Cross
Plot 15.
 
 
100-West-Cromwell-Road-thumbnail100
West Cromwell
Road.
 
Brent Cross
Plot 25.
 
 
Chapter
London
Bridge.
 
Roatan
Prospera.
 
 
Mount
Pleasant.
 
 
Mayfield
Depot
Redevelopment.
 
120
Fleet
Street.
 
Welcome.
 
 
 
Park
Modern.
 
 
4405_highres_image_N5_hdIsmaili
Centre
Houston.
 
Surface
 
Deep.