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Avanti’s ‘highly innovative’ £22m Cambridge college scheme opens

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Avanti Architects completed this college in the Cambridge urban extension of Great Kneighton

ARCHITECT’S VIEW • PROJECT DATA • PLANS • AXONOMETRIC • SECTIONS • ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGY

Trumpington Community College combines a 750 pupil secondary school, an autism unit and a community sports facility.

Arranged around an atrium space, the 7,000m2 building’s layout allows a variety of activities to take place within acoustically defined spaces.

According to the practice the BREEAM Excellent scheme is ‘bursting with innovation’.

Amir Ramezani, director of Avanti Architects, said: ‘This building is an embodiment of community, in the way it has been conceived and realised. It serves as a very useful model to illustrate how a client with vision and a creative design team can deliver a public building that is highly tailored to local concerns but with an international outlook.’

Landscape plan

Trumpington College by Avanti Architects

Trumpington College by Avanti Architects

Ground floor plan

Trumpington College by Avanti Architects

Trumpington College by Avanti Architects

First floor plan

Trumpington College by Avanti Architects

Trumpington College by Avanti Architects

Second floor plan

Trumpington College by Avanti Architects

Trumpington College by Avanti Architects

Roof plan

Trumpington College by Avanti Architects

Trumpington College by Avanti Architects

Axonometric drawing

Trumpington College by Avanti Architects

Trumpington College by Avanti Architects

Sections

Trumpington College by Avanti Architects

Trumpington College by Avanti Architects

Environmental strategy

Trumpington College by Avanti Architects

Trumpington College by Avanti Architects

Architect’s view

The building is highly innovative in the way it creates an interactive and connected learning environment with a large proportion of unstructured learning space. It may appear like an atrium building surrounded by viewing galleries but this would be a superficial interpretation. The client and Avanti have been at pains to avoid the mistakes of recently built open planned schools. This has been achieved through rigorous testing of building form and spatial organisation. It has culminated in a compact building with outstanding daylight and acoustic qualities which is intimate but also celebrates the collective. The spatial organisation allows a variety of learning activities to take place concurrently within acoustically defined spaces but which are transparent and showcase learning.

Trumpington College by Avanti Architects

Trumpington College by Avanti Architects

Project data

Location Great Kneighton, Cambridgeshire
Type of project school
Client City of Cambridge Education Foundation, Cambridge City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council
Architect Avanti
MEP consultant Max Fordham
Structural and civil consultant Arup
Landscape design consultant LDA
Project manager Aecom
Cost consultant Capita
Constructor Morgan Sindall
Completion July 2016
Gross internal area 7,000m2
Budget £22 million

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  • Good to see such an accomplished work of design by Avanti in Trumpington Community College on the opposite side of Cambridge to the pioneering Modern Movement work of Walter Gropius with Maxwell Fry at Impington Village College.

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