Blue Boar Court Trinity College, Cambridge Project info

Blue Boar Court

Trinity College, Cambridge

The scheme involved the complex redevelopment of the old listed Blue Boar Hotel site and the area behind. In the heart of Cambridge Conservation Area, the site was completely land- locked by surrounding listed buildings with very limited access.

The ground floor and basement were given over to retail use, with new College residential accommodation on a first floor podium inserted between the existing buildings, forming a sequence of small courts leading to traditional college staircases. Existing accommodation was rearranged so that it was entered off the podium, rather than from street level.

The existing podium, utilised for part of the new development, in particular the new lecture theatre, imposed severe loading restrictions. Throughout construction, the existing retail units below were kept in full operation.

  • Conservation area and constricted site
  • Refurbishment and connections with surrounding listed buildings
  • Extended retail units and large underground service bay constructed without disrupting existing trading
  • New public space created
  • 150 seat lecture theatre
  • High quality materials, detailing and finishes
  • Client
    Trinity College Cambridge
  • Awards
    RIBA Award, 1992
    David Urwin Design Award, 1991
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