- Postgraduate Accommodation Scheme

bb+c architects has won planning permission for a new postgraduate accommodation scheme for 138 students set within a wooded landscape for St John’s College, Cambridge, located on Mount Pleasant.

The project integrates with a wider St John’s Masterplan to create a better Northwest entry to the College.

The Mount Pleasant site will be an attractive home to an enhanced postgraduate community integrated into the college and will be large enough to have its own identity, whilst remaining a comfortable five minute walk from the main College.

Three out of the four existing Mount Pleasant properties; Fossedene, Whinside and The Gables are suffering severe subsidence, poor thermal efficiency and inadequate natural light levels, and will be demolished to accommodate five new buildings.  Whereas, the Knott Building will undergo refurbishment and an extension.  The five new build villas will achieve PassivHaus certification, and The Knott will be to PassivHaus Low Energy Building Standards.

The new buildings have been designed to respond to the context of the West Cambridge Conservation Area and will use reclaimed brickwork from the demolished buildings, which was well received by the Planning Committee.  Councillor Martin Smart (Chair) said ‘the proposal is excellent, it respects its context, which is the most important thing in architecture, and it is a sensitive intervention’.