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West Court

West Court

Education & Public Sector

Location: Cambridge
Architect: Niall McLaughlin
Client/Owner: Jesus College
Structural Engineer: Peter Brett Associates
Main Contractor: Cocksedge Building Contractors
Joinery: ABS Joinery
Wood Supplier: Just Swiss, Neve Holzbau
Oak Glulam Installation: Eurban
Oak Windows: Thomas Sinden Joinery
Patio Doors (South Façade): Harry Easterbrook
Wood Species: European oak, European ash

West Court was delivered in sequential parts over eighteen months. Set around a courtyard in a conservation area, the refurbished Grade II listed Webb building provides offices, social spaces and student accommodation. A new, lightweight, glazed timber café and basement bar extends the building northwards into the landscape, providing a prominent link to the rest of the College. On the south side of the courtyard, the remodelled 1970’s Rank building provides a 180-seat lecture theatre, research and teaching facilities, and visitor accommodation. It houses the Intellectual Forum, a research centre with global reach. The existing buildings are linked by a new extension, signified by a glazed lantern, containing reception, exhibition and conference facilities. As there was limited opportunity for repetitive detailing, the elements across the site are unified through a consistent palette of high-quality materials.