WhoWithWhat

Downing College

Architect

Caruso St John Architects
London, UK

Building

Downing College

Project Description

Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1GG

Caruso St John were commissioned by Downing College to refurbish the listed dining hall in 2001. The project brief was subsequently expanded to include back-of-house facilities, fellows accommodation and offices within adjacent later buildings.

The original Downing College buildings were designed by William Wilkins in the early 1800s, and were very influential in their time, heralding the Greek Revival style and campus plan type. Now listed grade 1, they stand in stark contrast to the predominantly Medieval and Gothic adjacent colleges. In the late 1960s Howell Killick Partridge and Amis added a fine extension to the dining hall for a new senior combination room, kitchen and administration offices. The new project works within both the Georgian and modernist buildings.

The intricate and complex changes have involved adjusting, improving and extending the existing buildings, without closing the operation of the dining hall, requiring the project to be carried out in phases. The first phase, to replace the kitchens, servery bar and external administrative offices was completed in 2007.

The second phase started in 2008 and upgraded the facilities of the dining hall, along with a transformation of its interior, removing previous layers of refurbishment and giving it a character aligned with the Wilkins original. The architects have attended to all aspects of the listed interior including designing the new furniture and chandeliers.

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Project Data

Date: 2001—2009
Budget: £3.5m
Area: 1,770 sq m

Project Team

Client: Downing College Developments
Structural Engineer: Alan Baxter & Associates
Services, Fire & Security: Max Fordham, WSP Integrated Building Services
Quantity Surveyor: Sawyer & Fisher, Robert Lombardelli Partnership, Davis
Langdon
Conservation Consultant: Alan Baxter & Assocs, Greg Howarth, Hayles & Howe
Acoustic Consultant: Tim Lewers
Project Manager: Robert Lombardelli Partnership
Main Contractor: York Construction

Products

Levolux
Internal Blinds

Mike Stoane Lighting

Chandeliers

Page Lacquer

Polyester Lacquer

ACE

Curtains

Glazing Vision

Rooflights

Crittall

Windows

Altro

Wall Lining (PVC)

ICI Dulux

Paint

Farrow & Ball

Paint

Roger Lloyd Partnership with Bates & Lambourne

Furniture

Oscar Acoustics

Acoustic Plaster

BASWA

Acoustic Plaster

Allgood

Ironmongery

Cambridge Architectural Precast

Precast Concrete

Coulson

Joinery

Valley Joinery

Joinery

Cambridge Stonecraft

Floor Finish (Stone)

The Scagliola Company

Scagliola

G Cooks

Plaster

Paul Maybank and Rodger Worth

Specialist Decorators

Golden Artist Colors

Paint