Quayside Cambridge: Magdalene College Building

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Quayside, Cambridge : Magdalene College Building

Magdalene College Development in Cambridge, southeast England – design by NRAP

3 Mar 2009

Quayside Cambridge

Quayside, Cambridge

Design: NRAP

Magdalene College is located on the River Cam at the north end of the city centre, easily walkable from say Kings College. It is a picturesque college with black and white half-timbered historic buildings close to the river, a bit like Queens College Old Court.

Quayside Cambridge
picture : Dennis Gilbert/View

Location: opposite Magdalene College over the River Cam

Magdalene College is a beautiful traditional college at the north end of the city centre, on the River Cam.

Magdalene College invited proposals from a shortlist of architects, after which we were appointed on the basis of design quality and commercial feasibility. The site is a prominent and important one on the south bank of the river Cam, opposite Magdalene College, and the building creates the only urban riverside open space accessible to the citzens of Cambridge. The scheme involves riverside shops and restaurants based around two courtyards, with underground car-parking for 89 cars.

Upper floors have offices, and research and development spaces. The existing houses owned by the College on Thompsons Lane have been refurbished as part of a second phase. The main office foyers have glazed lift shafts within a four-storey void where the stair landings and passages have been designed to encourage conversation and interaction between various office users. More recently we were invited to refurbish and link three of the ground floor units for a new Japanese restaurant.

Quayside Cambridge photo / information from NRAP 050309

Address: Magdalene College, Magdalene Street, Cambridge, CB3 0AG, United Kingdom

Contact Magdalene College: 01223 332100


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