Robin Lee Architecture have been commissioned by University of Cambridge to design a collection of essential infrastructure buildings for a new urban quarter on the periphery of Cambridge. The project consists of ten small buildings for the North West Cambridge development. Spread across the wider development site each building is linked through a shared design approach to create a collection of robust buildings, which serve as quiet landmarks to facilitate wayfinding and placemaking. Pale handmade bricks and white acid etched concrete structural columns and beams give primary articulation to the buildings with supplementary elements in corrugated sheet steel for roofing and powdercoated steel for security doors and louvres. Open bonded brickwork detailing allows for bat roosting in order to meet Green Belt sustainability criteria.
Buildings being delivered include two small sports pavilions. Each pavilion provides essential changing facilities appropriate for the outdoor activities that will take place on nearby cricket pitch and sports fields, while providing internal spaces and external shelter for social and community functions.
North West Cambridge
The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s leading universities. It is renowned for the excellence of its teaching and research, and it makes a significant contribution to the prosperity of the city of Cambridge and UK economy. To maintain its reputation as a world leader, the University is delivering the North West Cambridge development.
The vision for the North West Cambridge development is to create a new distinct district and extension to the city, centred around a mixed academic and urban community. A place that is sustainable, long lasting and ambitious offering a high quality of life to enhance both the City and the University.