Cambridge Conservation Campus
CCC was intended to enable closer collaboration, open up new avenues of research and understanding, and a place to pool resources and space. It was to draw on the best features of its surroundings, while making great places around it, tying together existing facilities and providing a forum for the advancement of conservation.
The design proposed to foster collaboration through a single building with working spaces arranged either side of an open, top-lit atrium. This would give a feeling of ‘togetherness’, as well as allowing as much natural ventilation as possible.
Adaptability is important for the long-term viability of any building as future uses cannot always be predicted. In this design, the key was setting the building up as a framed structure of columns and beams, allowing partitions to be taken down or added as needs changed. A raised access floor with a 400mm void would allow for the repositioning of existing services as well as the future addition of more complex systems if required.
The proposed design achieved a BREEAM ‘Outstanding rating of 96 out of 100.