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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

We are delivering a phased refurbishment of the architect Sir Denys Lasdun's Central Building at Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge.

Central Building Refurbishment

Completed in 1963 this was the first university building which Denys Lasdun designed. He later designed student accommodation  for the University of East Anglia known as the ‘ziggurats’ and additions to Christ’s College in Cambridge known as the ‘typewriter’. Lasdun’s best known work is the National Theatre on London’s South Bank.

The Central Building is the social heart of the campus and provides the college dining, conference and social areas for students and staff to gather as well as for conferences, presentations and other ceremonies with invited guests.

Our refurbishment updates and refreshes this delightful building to modern use as well as improving the building fabric and environmental performance.

The first phase included improvements to circulation with a new two storey stair and lift core, extension of the servery area to the first floor for the new upper dining area and redecoration of the Old Library.

The second phase included the refurbishment to the stunning scalloped lantern with its pre-cast concrete shells, which floods light into the dining hall. The refurbishment included a new roof build-up with additional insulation, ventilators being replaced and the concrete shells being stripped back and retreated.

Working closely with the College, Roofing Contractors Cambridge (RCC) and Sika Sarnafil, through many discussions and tests we devised a pioneering approach to waterproof a complex shaped roof. The system combined Sika Sarnafil’s single ply membrane with large areas of its Sikalastic 621 and SikaFloor 420 providing a complete waterproofing building envelope solution.

The lantern now gleams spectacularly in the landscape, renewed and protected for many years to come.

We completed the project early, on budget and all involved were happy and proud of what we achieved together.

We look forward to the following phases and continued work with the project team.

Continuity

This project continues our relationship with Fitzwilliam College after our design and delivery of their Olisa Library in 2009.

Ted Cullinan trained with Denys Lasdun in the 1950s before setting up our practice. In 2018 he shared his experience of working with Lasdun at an event hosted in another of his buildings, the Royal College of Physicians in London.