New seminar building underway

Construction has started on a new £5m RH Partnership-designed seminar building at Robinson College, Cambridge

To mark the start of construction work at the new seminar building for Robinson College Cambridge, the senior tutor, Bill Nolan, and the facilities manager, Bill McKim, have both assisted in the installation of one of the 61 piles that will support the new building.

The 1,000sqm, steel-framed two-storey building has been designed by Cambridge architect RH Partnership and will be built by East Anglia-based Barnes Construction, who recently received awards for the construction work carried out at Clare College and Corpus Christi College in Cambridge.

When completed in summer 2015, the seminar building will enable the college to develop both its academic teaching space and conference facilities.

Located on Adams Road, the main cycle route into Cambridge, the permanent structure has been designed to create extra space to accommodate the academic requirements of the College.  It will also aim to meet the growing demand that the College has seen for medium-scale capacity meeting facilities in the Cambridge area.

The resulting space will consist of a plenary flat-floored room with capacity for 80 people in a cabaret style meeting. This will be supported by three breakout rooms, each with capacity for 15 people and which can also be combined into a single room offering a capacity of 50. The building will be self-contained and ideal for exclusive use events with easy access to parking and public transport.

Bill Nolan commented: “We are absolutely thrilled to have the development of our new seminar building underway. This is an incredibly exciting project for the College, where we can enhance our facilities for supervisions, exams and other academic purposes.  We expect this building to greatly benefit the College’s academic community as well as add to our conference portfolio.”

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