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The Cam Foundry

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Client
McLaren Properties/ Hines UK

Location
Cambridge, UK

Discipline
Architecture

Sector
Student Residential

Size
270 student rooms

Year
2018

solution

With demand for student accommodation in Cambridge growing, tp bennett was asked to design a 270-bed scheme on the city’s Mill Road. In a sensitive residential location, the practice decided to respond to the townscape, designing four buildings arranged around a landscaped courtyard, akin to a garden square or college ‘quad’. Slate pitched roofs and brick were used in its construction, to remain in keeping with the area.

The Cam Foundry has a variety of accommodation types, including town houses with shared spaces and between eight and 12 student rooms: part of a growing trend towards the provision of sociable student accommodation, which helps foster cohesion and good mental health. A well-known glass artist, Kirsty Brooks, has designed the entrance glazing drawing on local history and enhancing the public realm.