Anglia Ruskin University Building, Young Street Campus Cambridge, Architect, News, Photos
Anglia Ruskin University Building, Cambridge
Young Street Campus Architecture, southeast England, UK – design by Richard Murphy Architects
15 Apr 2016
Anglia Ruskin University Building, Young Street Campus Cambridge
Winner of Cambridge Design and Construction Forum for Best Large Building in Cambridge 2015
Location: Young Street Campus, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT, UK
Design: Richard Murphy Architects
The Cambridge Design and Construction Forum awarded Richard Murphy Architects their highest accolade at a prestigious black tie dinner in the magnificent surroundings of King’s College Great Dining Hall.
The Award for the Best New Building in the Large Buildings Category went to the completed design for Anglia Ruskin University on their Young Street Campus.
The Campus has been built in phases and consists of an academic building to house the Faculty of Nursing and Social Care, a lecture theatre and, within the renovated former derelict “Ragged School”, a Department of Music Therapy.
Architect Richard Murphy said “The £14 million project is our first completed commission in Cambridge and it is doubly pleasing therefore that it should have won such a prestigious award”.
Sandy Lynam, Director of Estates and Facilities at Anglia Ruskin University, said
“The new facility at Young Street has been a tremendous addition to our Cambridge campus, providing state-of-the-art facilities for our students studying subjects such as nursing and midwifery. These are the key workers of the future and it is vital they have the best possible environment in which to learn. We’re delighted that the Young Street development has won the Best New Large Building award from the CFCI against some very strong competition. Credit must go to Richard Murphy Architects for their excellent design.”
Judges at the CFCI awards praised the development for its “striking” details and enlivening its location in the place of a derelict former primary school and disused college buildings. They also stated that it was “neighbourly” to the surrounding residential area.
The design makes a complete mini campus for the University. The two main entrances align with the gables of the Ragged School and the long New Street façade expresses the need for passive ventilation with a composition of chimneys inspired by the famous historic elevation on Trinity Lane in the City Centre.
The height of the building varies to acknowledge a nursery school and small scale terrace housing at one end and builds up to converse with the law courts at the other and have a presence when seen from East Road. The lecture theatre is identified with pre-patinated copper cladding sitting on otherwise the homogenous material of Mystique brick.
In the centre of the campus the University commissioned a public art work from the artist Michael Pinsky called “I’m Laughing at Clouds”.
Young Street Campus Cambridge – Building Information
Client: Anglia Ruskin University/Bishop Hall Properties
Architects: Richard Murphy Architects
Contactors: Mulalley and Company (Phase 1); R G Carter (Refurbishment of Ragged School and Phases 2 & 3)
Structural Engineers: Clark Smith Partnership
Service Engineers: Van Zyl and de Villiers (Phase 1); Roger Parker Associates (Phases 2 & 3)
Project Managers / Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner and Theobold LLP
Fire Engineers: Jeremy Gardner Associates
Acoustic Consultant: Adrian James Acoustics
Photographers: Stephen Leonard/James Mason – Richard Murphy Architects; In house – R G Carter
BREEAM: Sustainable Construction Services
CDM Coordination: Stace LLP
Richard Murphy Architects Ltd
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Address: Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge Campus, East Rd, Cambridge CB1 1PT
Phone: 01245 493131
Another Cambridge building by Richard Murphy Architects on e-architect:
Jesus College Cambridge Architecture Competition
Richard Murphy Architects to develop proposals before a formal appointment is made.
The competition was submitted and presented in the Spring of this year but the decision has only recently been made. It represents a very major development for the practice. Oxford and Cambridge Colleges have collected a remarkable cross section of the best of UK and foreign architecture, but the last Scottish practice to build anything there was the Glaswegian practice of Gillespie Kidd and Coia with their competition winning proposal for Robinson College Cambridge won in 1974 and completed in 1980. It is not only an immense privilege to be working in such a place but also to keep such illustrious company. Images will be published as soon as the College permits.”
Location:Young Street Campus, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT, UK