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FOBERT LOOKS TO THE PAST FOR KETTLE'S YARD FUTURE

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Jamie Fobert Architects has revealed its competition-winning proposals for the extension of Kettle's Yard in Cambridge.

The proposals were drawn up to give the existing gallery complex a café, lecture theatre and education space.

The project will sit behind the facade of an adjacent burnt-out Victorian building and will share a new lobby with a series of flats that are being retained.

Fobert has placed the education space on the scheme's ground floor in an effort to keep the gallery's education programme open to the public, with all visitors witnessing sessions in progress as they arrive. The first floor will house the new café, while the lecture theatre will be found one floor up.

Fobert told the AJ that the designs were inspired by the work that was carried out by other practices on the site during the gallery's history, especially Leslie Martin in 1970 and Brown, Bland & Cole in 1994.

'This is a wonderful place, ' he said. 'We won the competition by talking about the architecture of the site at the moment.

I am particularly interested in Leslie Martin's work on the original cottages.

'Our strategy is to keep the brick frontage of the existing buildings and then work with the interior space.

'This is a substantial building project for us - it is definitely not an interiors scheme. But the architectural sequencing does come from the interiors as they are, ' he added.

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