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Niall McLaughlin bags planning for Jesus College plans

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Niall McLaughlin Architects has won planning permission for the first phase of an ‘ambitious redevelopment’ programme at Jesus College, Cambridge

Construction work is to start almost immediately on the ‘significant’ scheme which the practice landed after seeing off competition from Wright and Wright, Haworth Tompkins, Cullinan Studio and RH Partnership in October last October (see AJ 15.10.14).

Known as the West Court development, the project includes the refurbishment and conversion of a grade II-listed building into research facilities, offices, social spaces and accommodation.

The practice has also designed a new café pavilion and basement bar which will extend the buildingʼs north elevation to create ‘a prominent
link to the rest of the college, in keeping with the existing architectural excellence of Jesus College’.

It is understood phase 1a is expected to complete by the end of this year, with phase 1b set to finish in 2016.

The two further phases of work will include a 300-seat auditorium and an archive, nursery and gym.

McLaughlin said: ‘This planning consent is the first stage of an ambitious redevelopment of the western end of Jesus College.

‘We’ve the opportunity to refurbish and extend a range of listed buildings in order to enable future phases of the project to develop coherently. It is a beautiful and sensitive setting between Jesus Lane and the College park.’

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