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Murphy completes new Anglia Ruskin University campus

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[First look + project data] Richard Murphy Architects has completed its £16 million final phase of a new campus for Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge

The 5,350m² project delivered a new Visual Eye Research Unit, Sports Science department and 200-seat lecture theatre on the university’s Young Street Campus.

Opening to students in October, the scheme is the final phase of the practice’s masterplan for the 3.5 hectare campus.

RMA completed a new Faculty of Health and Social Care on the site last year and alongside a £1 million transformation of Cambridge’s Victorian Ragged School into a music therapy centre.

Studio director James Mason said: ‘The site at Young Street was an ambitious project for Anglia Ruskin to grow, out with its main East Road campus.’

He continued: ‘Situated in the Mill Road Conservation Area, it had lain derelict for a number of years. Through the careful design of the new buildings, the restoration of the existing, and the creation of new routes and external spaces, we had an opportunity to reinstate a small piece of Cambridge’s urban fabric.’

He added: ‘We also wanted to reflect the innovative, environmentally conscious and forward thinking nature of Anglia Ruskin within the design, and I think we have achieved that balance.’

The new buildings – which join to form a single continuous street frontage – feature a natural ventilation system and externally expressed brick chimneys referencing historic housing on nearby Trinity Lane.

Project data

Architects:Richard Murphy Architects
Location: Cambridge, England
Type Of Project:Education: Master-planning, restoration and new build
Structural Engineers: Clark Smith Partnership
Project Director: James Mason
Client: Anglia Ruskin University
Gross internal floor area:5350m2
Form of contract: Ragged School was traditional / Phase 1/2/3 were design and build
Total cost:   £16m      
M&E engineers: VZDV (phase 1) RPA (Phase 2/3)
Quantity surveyor: Gardiner and Theobold LLP
Contractor:Phase 2 & 3 and Ragged School RG Carter, Phase 1 new build Mulalley




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