This project consisted of the conversion and major alteration of this substantial four storey building, located in the conservation area on the outskirts of Cambridge City centre. The scheme consisted of the conversion of the upper three floors from offices to student accommodation, and creation of a new main entrance for the upper floors, directly from the College grounds. A new pedestrian court was created, leading to both the new entrance to Battcock Lodge, and the new Art Gallery at Downing College. The ground floor and basement areas of the building were retained for retail use, each unit accessed directly from Regent Street.
The accommodation comprises of 78 high quality en-suited study/bedrooms, with communal dining/kitchen facilities, together with two offices for the College accessed via a separate entrance from First Court. The building is serviced by two new lifts as well as a central feature staircase. The upper floor rooms will be part of the College’s conference portfolio for use out of term time. This floor has pleasant views over the College grounds and the surrounding city buildings, with the added benefit of a roof terrace. Project value was in excess of £6 million, taking 21 months to complete.
RLP provided Architectural, Project Management and Quantity Surveying services.
Client: Downing College
Contractor: Downing College Buildings Department
RLP roles: Architectural Designer, Project Manager and Quantity Surveyor
M & E Consultants: WSP
Structural Engineers: Philip Harvey Associates Ltd
Planning Consultant: Beacon Planning