Graduate Centre Cambridge

Howell, Killick, Partridge and Amis, Cambridge, 1967


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Close view of river front circulation 

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  • Close view of river front circulation    
  • Close view of one bay from the river frontage    
  • Corner view of concrete escape stairs on left    
  • View showing both escape staircases    
  • View from across the river showing circulation    
  • Ground floor snack bar    
  • Interior of one common room    
  • Looking down into the dinning hall from the gallery    
  • Exposed steel and timber roof structure    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Roof plan    
  • Section in perspective    
  • Axonometric drawing    

This building provides common-rooms, dinning-rooms and general club facilities for senior members of the university

The river facing site presented the challenge of creating a multi-use building within a restricted area.

Open to all senior members of the college and their wives the building contains a range of common rooms split over two levels, a main dinning hall and private dinning rooms able to be subdivided in many ways. A ground floor bar, music room, billiards room, roof terrace and underground parking were also included.

The structure consists of a precast reinforced-concrete frame, post-tensioned with high-tensile bolts and locked together with in-situ concrete floors. The staircase towers are also in-situ concrete with the rear of the building containing the dinning-hall and kitchen having a perimeter column-and-beam structure infilled with limestone aggregate concrete blocks. Externally the common room bays are clad with large slabs of roach-bed Portland stone.


  • Begun: 1964
  • Completed: Nov 1967
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £330,000
  • Funding: Grant from the Wolfson Foundation
  • Address: University Centre , Granta Place , Mill Lane , Cambridge, CB2 1RU, United Kingdom

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