A high performance graduate campus in Cambridge

Planning permission has been granted for two new buildings designed by Allies and Morrison for King’s College, Cambridge, as part of a new unified graduate campus on Cranmer Road, a short walk from the College’s historic courts. The development will bring together, in one place, all of King’s graduate accommodation, transforming a series of individual hostels into a cohesive campus around a shared garden.

The two new buildings consist of a garden wing of 40 bedrooms and a new building along Cranmer Road of 19 bedrooms, increasing the overall capacity of the site by 60%. They will sit alongside two existing hostels, originally late Victorian, which will continue to house graduate students.

The building fronting on to Cranmer Road is conceived as a contemporary villa building respecting the scale, form and materials of the adjacent Arts and Crafts villas. The linear garden building, on the other hand is nestled in the landscape and its elevational treatment – incorporating pre-cast concrete framing – makes references to the remarkable heritage of modern architecture in west Cambridge.

Both buildings are designed to achieve an exemplary environmental performance with an ‘all-electric’ approach and are set to become the first major development in Cambridge to achieve Passivhaus certification.