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Jesus College Offices in Cambridge
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10 Mar 2016
Jesus College Offices
Design: Gort Scott Architects
Location: 51 Hills Road, Cambridge, England
Gort Scott delivers contemporary office for Jesus College, Cambridge
Hackney-based architecture practice Gort Scott has secured a record BREEAM rating for 51 Hills Road; an 880 sqm contemporary office project in the central conservation area of Cambridge.
The Jesus College owned building, which provides much needed high quality, modern office for Cambridge, has achieved the highest BREEAM rating for any building in the city.
Gort Scott, which led the project from its concept to interior fit out, has delivered on the brief for a contemporary and sustainable commercial office space that is flexible enough to be let to a single tenant or multiple occupiers.
The site lies within Cambridge’s central conservation area and had to meet several challenging planning requirements. Previous attempts to develop the former garage block had failed, with plans for two three-and-a half-storey blocks of flats rejected in 2003.
The new L-shaped building features warm grey brick cladding, blending well with the surrounding built environment. The entrance to the building is via a colonnade and through a landscaped courtyard that provides a valuable amenity for occupiers.
The four-storey building is designed to be naturally ventilated, allowing high levels of control for the occupier and greatly reducing overall running costs.
Due to the noisy street location and the ensuing sound pollution, traditional cross ventilation was not a suitable solution. Instead, Gort Scott designed natural ventilation stack chimneys located on the corners of the building, drawing fresh air across the floor plates.
Jay Gort, Director of Gort Scott Architects said: “We are very proud of the 51 Hills Road building. We have delivered a modern design that provides comfortable workspace in Cambridge City centre, whilst complementing the local vernacular and maintaining strong sustainability credentials as requested by the College.”
Christopher Pratt, Fellow and Bursar, Jesus College, said: “Jesus College is delighted with the appearance, the green credentials and the economic outcome of the building.
“Both informed observers and passers-by as well as neighbours have praised the quality and variety of the brickwork and the restrained but stylish façade materials, while professionals and tenants alike have warmed to the natural ventilation and the excellent internal layout.
“It is a notable and noted addition to the College portfolio in a prominent Cambridge location.”
The ground floor has been let to local estate agents Tucker Gardner.
Jesus College Offices – Building Information
Architects: Gort Scott
Location: Hills Road, Cambridge
Type of Project: Offices
Structural Engineers: Bidwells
Project Architects: Jay Gort, Gareth Puttock and Susie Hyden
Design Team: Jay Gort, Fiona Scott, Gareth Puttock, Susie Hyden, Andrew Tam, Nadine Coetzee, Adam Walls
Client: Jesus College
Tender Date: November 2013
Start on site date: May 2014
M&E/Sustainability Consultant: Max Fordham
Project Manager: Bidwells
Quantity Surveyor: Quantem
CDM Coordinator and Building Inspector: MLM
Structural Engineer: Solution Consulting Engineers
Main Contractor: Ashe Construction
Landscape Architect: JCLA
Low Carbon Consultant: Orchard Estate
Clerk of Works: Andrew Merrick
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Jesus College Cambridge Architecture Competition
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Richard Murphy Architects to develop proposals before a formal appointment is made.
Outline by RMA: “The project is for, in a first phase, a 290 seat music auditorium, foyer, practice rooms, etc and a 70-bed boutique hotel. A second phase indicates a sports hall/studio theatre and third phase a Research Institute. For the time being the College has asked us not to publish the drawings.
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.”
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Phase 1 – Music Auditorium, Practice Rooms, Foyer, Boutique Hotel
Phase 2 – Sports Facitlies, Research Institute
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