Howard Theatre at Downing College, Cambridge

Downing College, Cambridge

The new theatre in Downing College, designed by Quinlan and Frances Terry Architects, is the final building in a new court behind the original classical West Range of the College.

Taking two years to construct at a total cost of £8m, the building was completed in 2010. The tiny Georgian interior is inspired by the Wilkins designed Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds and contains seating over 2 levels, with a 160 capacity.

The funding of the project was generously provided by the Howard Foundation, who had initially provided funds for the construction of the new adjacent building which now form the completed court.

The theatre’s classical appearance hides the state of the art sustainable servicing of the building, which includes Ground Source Heat Pumps (under the landscaped court), solar thermal hot water and a grey water recycling system.

RLP Roles: Project Manager
Architect: Quinlan and Francis Terry
Contractor: York Construction