New Court, Clare College

van Heyningen and Haward Architects, Cambridge, 2008


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van Heynigan and Haward's New Court at Clare College, Cambridge 

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  • van Heynigan and Haward    
  • The view of New Court from Burrell    
  • The elevations use a minimal palette of Vauxhall Grey brick and cedar board cladding    
  • By mirroring Giles Gilbert Scott    
  • Student accommodation    
  • A corridor leading to the courtyard    
  • The Gillespie Centre    
  • The Gillespie Centre faces directly on to the new courtyard    
  • Looking out from the Gillespie Centre across to Gilbert Scott    
  • The Gillespie Centre    
  • The lecture theatre within the Gillespie Centre    
  • Site plan    
  • Lower basement plan    
  • Upper basement plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Third floor plan    
  • Roof plan    
  • Section A-A    
  • Section B-B    
  • North elevation    
  • West elevation    

Building for Clare College, Cambridge University, primarily for student and conference accommodation but also containing a lecture theatre, laundry rooms and support space

The College required a dedicated lecture theatre for 150 people, catering for delegates, fellows offices, 34 new study bedrooms suitable for delegates as well as students, and a student laundry.

The building occupies the last piece of undeveloped land in the central area of the College, next to Memorial Court - a series of landscaped courtyards designed for the college by Giles Gilbert Scott and built in stages between 1929 and 1950. The L-shaped building uses cedar board cladding that meets a Vauxhall Grey brick, and the building has a low-tech environmental strategy.


  • Begun: Jul 2007
  • Completed: 2008
  • Floor area: 2,000m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £6.3M
  • Tender date: Oct 2006
  • Procurement: JCT 98 WCT (design and build)
  • CO2 Emissions: 50kg/m2/year
  • Address: Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TL, United Kingdom

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