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Up-and-coming 5th Studio wins Cambridge college commission

5th Studio has won the go-ahead for this new 24-room graduate hostel at St Catharine's College in Cambridge.

The 40 Under 40 starlets have come up with a scheme which will sit on a backland plot in among the existing college buildings.

The development will feature rainwater harvesting, solar collectors and a solid-timber superstructure.

Practice partner Oliver Smith said: 'The project is a dense piece of urban infill that we believe will transform a fragmented site in the middle of Cambridge.

'We are delighted that the project has been given the seal of approval by the local authority.'

The Cambridge-based practice worked with structural engineers Michael Hadi Associates and environmental engineer Max Fordham on the development.

by Richard Waite

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