51 Hills Road, Cambridge

Responding to the immediate locale with confidence and respect

· Credit: David Grandorge

Gort Scott for private client

Contract value: undisclosed

GIA: 780 m²

 

A gap site on one of Cambridge’s busiest arteries has been blessed with a commercial building that skilfully defies the usual ‘spec office development’ title. It responds to the scale and quality of the adjacent listed buildings, while providing a significant amount of lettable office space.

External massing and scale have been considered from every viewpoint, and respond to the immediate locale with confidence and respect, using enclosed courtyard and setbacks. The street facade relates in both scale and materials to the adjacent Claremont Terrace, and the chimneys (outlets for the stack ventilation) give a great urban presence.

  • · Credit: David Grandorge
  • · Credit: David Grandorge
  • · Credit: David Grandorge
  • · Credit: David Grandorge

The external materials of brick and pre-cast stone have been carefully detailed to maximise their inherent qualities. The interior spaces exploit a limited palate of in-situ concrete and European oak with precise, yet robust, detailing.

In the rush to provide commercial property in the area, this development stands out as a project of real quality. 


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