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Date
2014
Region
UK
Sector
Higher Education Retrofit
Budget
£5m - £20m
Client
Fitzwilliam College
Location
University of Cambridge
Contact
Johnny Winter
Team
Edmund Shipway, Peter Dann Associates, Roger Parker Associates, Sharps Redmore

The phased refurbishment of Fitzwilliam College Central Building will rationalise the use of spaces and increase opportunities for college dining, conference and social areas, as well as improving the building fabric and environmental performance.

Central Building Refurbishment

Designed and built in 1963, its original functions, as well as the building fabric, were outdated and needed a holistic solution to make them effective and comfortable spaces and to extend their usefulness into the future.

Following the relocation of some of the building’s original functions to newly constructed parts of the College, including our Olisa Library, we reviewed the spatial opportunities and functionality of the building. The key to the refurbishment of the Central Building and its improved usage was found by reconfiguring the circulation space within the building. 

The proposed programme of work follows the strategy of providing improved circulation to increase the connectivity within the Central Building, followed by the refurbishment of individual spaces and the upgrading of the building fabric.

The first two phases of work, 1 and 1a, completed in April 2014, included improvements to circulation such as a new two storey stair and lift core, extension of the servery area to the first floor to serve the new upper dining area, and the redecoration of the Old Library with a new floor and lighting.

We recently refreshed the feasibility study, focusing on Phases 2 and 3 of the proposed works. The initial ideas presented have been well received by the College and we look forward to developing them to suit their long term aspiration to renovate and enhance the Central Building so that is fulfils its role as the social heart of the College.