University of Cambridge, Churchill College Cambridge, UK

Churchill College, one of Sheppard Robson’s early flagship projects, accommodated 60 fellows and 540 students in the disciplines of natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. In the north-west corner of the sloping site is a group of 20 Fellows’ flats, the first stage of the building programme completed in 1962. The flats are planned to enable the occupiers to have separate access, so that each has privacy of outlook into a small enclosed garden or roof terrace.

The College fields separate the flats from the main College building on the eastern edge of the site. Here the residential blocks are arranged to form courtyards surrounding the focal point to the site; the communal buildings including a first floor dining hall, large common room with bar and a shop. The administration building, boilerhouse, squash courts and porter’s lodge are joined by the entrance. All blocks are linked by covered walkways so that it is possible to walk around the entire college under cover. The elevational treatment is consistent across the campus, brought together by three basic materials - brick, concrete and teak.

Client
  • University of Cambridge
Size
20,000 m2
Completion
1968

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