College buildings win awards

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Three Cambridge College buildings have been singled out in the 2013 Cambridge Design and Construction Awards announced last week.

The McGrath Centre for St Catharine’s College was awarded best Alteration or Extension of an Existing Building, providing the College with a new auditorium and courtyard space. 

Designed by Cambridge-based RH Partnership, the Centre incorporates a beautiful auditorium with retracting seating and wall, as well as a new student bar and JCR, additional meeting rooms and a courtyard space.

The building is named after college alumnus Harvey McGrath whose generous gift helped fund the project.

The restored Divinity School at St John’s College, masterminded by architects Annand and Mustoe, won the 2013 Award for Conservation of an Existing Building. More than three years of planning, archaeological excavation and refurbishment went into the restoration of the Victorian building to provide a large central hall, several teaching rooms and a 180-seat theatre.

The People’s Choice Award for Best Building of the year was won by the new 40-room student accommodation block at Corpus Christi College’s Leckhampton site, off Grange Road, which was designed by Bland Brown and Cole architects. Second in the Public vote was the new home for Materials Science and Metallurgy at West Cambridge.

The Awards are co-sponsored by the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry and Cambridge City Council.

Susan Smith, the city council’s senior conservation and design officer, said: “The awards celebrate the more recent, high-quality developments that have been built in the city, and promote continued design excellence.”

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