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. 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 relocated them to 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.
RIBA Conservation: Commendation
Rehabilitation of listed post war student accommodation in historic college grounds
‘’This is an excellent result for the College … I would like to thank everyone involved for their commitment and enthusiasm.’’
Martin Collins, Domestic Bursar, Jesus College
Location Cambridge, UK
Photographer Nick Kane