Links to the existing social hub are skilfully handled
East RIBA Regional Award 2019
Stanton Williams for University of Cambridge
Contract value: £21.5m
Cost per m²: £3,905
This extension to John Outram’s 1990s building is on a very constricted site. A large amount of accommodation was required, necessitating very efficient use of space and careful planning. It is a mark of success that the interiors feel spacious and flowing. The extension is in exquisitely executed fair-faced concrete, with panels of oak boarding. Links between it and the existing social hub are skilfully handled, enabling one to pass from the rich, colourful hub to the air of calm contemplation here with simple ease. Achieving this simplicity and quiet elegance takes a huge amount of effort. Every detail has been considered and all elements brought together in ways that are perfect in execution.