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Women's Institute Headquarters
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- Begun: Mar 2004
- Completed: 2004
- Floor area: 169m2
- Sector: Office
- Total cost: £307,500
- Tender date: Feb 2004
- Procurement: JCT Intermediate Form incorporating amendments 1-5; specification and drawings tendered in competition
- Address: Women's Institute Office, Oakington Road, Girton, Cambridge, CB3 0QH, United Kingdom
- Architect: EllisMiller
- Project architect: Jonathan Ellis-Miller
- Client: Cambridge Federation of Women's Institutes
- Quantity surveyor: Henry Riley and Sons
- Structural engineer: Whitbybird
- Services engineer: Roger Parker and Associates
- Building regulations: RH Building Consultancy
- Planning supervisor: AFP
- Main contractor: Britania Build
Conversion of a disused pig farrowing shed into an RIBA award-winning headquarters for the Women's Institute
The building is relatively small, consisting of three offices, kitchen, toilet and store. The space inside is simple and has reached good environmental standards, with an increased thermal capacity due to the retaining of the existing walls and structure.
A light shelf, on the main (south-west) elevation, allows natural light into the space, while photovoltaics provide energy for the building. Sliding oak shutters slide across the glazed panels to the meeting room, office and main entrance to give security, solar control and black-out conditions. The canopy supports spell out W.I.