North Court, Jesus College Cambridge

Design Buy Build – September 2013

North Court was built in 1963-65 to the designs of David Roberts and Geoffrey Clarke, and provided the earliest post-war new residential accommodation for Jesus College. It was listed grade II in 1993. With rising expectations for student accommodation, demand for out-of-term use for visitor and summer conference facilities and an increasing requirement for maintenance and repair the College took the decision to carry out a comprehensive upgrade and refurbishment project. The scope of the project not only involved major repairs and replacement of the building fabric and services, but also reconfiguration of the back-up accommodation so that each room has en suite bathroom facilities. This requirement in turn displaced the shared kitchen areas or ‘gyp’ rooms previously ‘buried’ in the centre of the shared cores and located them in an expanded form in the lower ground floor rooms facing into the courtyard. The project was successfully delivered within one academic calendar year and was the first occasion a project has been delivered on time for the college.

Sustainability Features
• High level of thermal improvements to window, solid wall and roof elements within the confines of the building’s listed status
• Water saving sanitary ware for ensuite bathrooms
• Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery
• Major external thermal upgrade

Outstanding / Innovative / Unusual Features
• Reconfiguration of a complex plan to allow integration of gyp rooms into lower ground floor
• Sensitive and discreet integration of lifts and other DDA elements into a complex split level plan
• High quality fair faced concrete repair avoiding the need for overcoating

Award: RIBA Conservation Commendation in 2006


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