South Residences, West Cambridge

MJP Architects, Cambridge, 2004


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Cambridge University student accomodation providing 144 one-bed flats and retail premises

The four storey wings of accommodation enclose a landscaped courtyard which provides a focus for the residential community.

These are connected to a pedestrian route at canal level between two main public squares. Shops and shared faciliites are located along this route.

The residences are clad in zinc, providing a character appropriate to their location adjacent to academic and research buildings. The ground floor is raised slightly to achieve privacy in the ground floor flats.

Inward opening French doors to each living room optimise space within the flats by creating a juliette balcony. The staggered arrangement of the windows creates lively elevations, although the 144 flats are identical in plan.


  • Begun: Feb 2003
  • Completed: Sep 2004
  • Sectors: Education, Residential
  • Total cost: £11M
  • Procurement: 2 Stage Design and Build
  • Address: Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge, CB3 0FZ, United Kingdom

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