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Richard Murphy takes Cambridge campus plan to planners

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July 29 2011

Richard Murphy takes Cambridge campus plan to planners
Richard Murphy architects have submitted proposals for a new campus for Anglia Ruskin University, on a site bounded by  Young Street and New Street, Cambridge.

To be built in three phases the development will commence with teaching accommodation for the faculty of nursing, scheduled for completion by August 2013.

This linear building is dominated by a series of externally expressed brick chimneys to facilitate air extraction flues.

Housed within a heavy masonry façade, that deliberately contrasts with the predominantly glazed southern elevation; necessitated by external acoustic conditions.

Later work will see construction of further administration and academic buildings alongside a 200 seat lecture hall.
Facade treatments are drastically different on the north and south elevation
Facade treatments are drastically different on the north and south elevation
The campus occupies an unsalubrious corner of town
The campus occupies an unsalubrious corner of town

2 Comments

Sven
#1 Posted by Sven on 2 Aug 2011 at 12:56 PM
Never heard of that university....The facade onto the road is actually quite appealing and a modern twist on an older style. The "facade treatments are drastically different on the north and south elevation" and do not work. They look like generic 1990's buildings that councils and public sector bodies such as education and health liked to throw up.

"The campus occupies an unsalubrious corner of town" - then why give it such a boring, uninspired facade to the north and south facade?
david nimmo
#2 Posted by david nimmo on 2 Aug 2011 at 14:25 PM
Anglia Ruskin is a modern university which gains some reflected glory by being on the outskirts of the famous university town. Given the typology for which Cambridge University has become famous, and which, let's be frank, is what prospective students at any university expect, whether they get it or not, it will be interesting to see how RMA have responded. A nice piece of townscape and a departure from the ubiquitous Novotel aesthetic would be very refreshing.

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