St Regis

Chesterton Road, Cambridge

Client – Clare College, Cambridge
Date of Completion – 2021

The St Regis site on the edge of Cambridge’s De Freville Conservation Area has provided graduate accommodation for Clare College since the 1990s. The three existing buildings date from 1939 and their poor energy performance left the College with high energy bills and inadequate living conditions for students. Their redevelopment was driven by the need to address these deficiencies in the buildings’ performance and provide additional student accommodation to address the University’s growth projections for graduates.

The key strategies of the proposed scheme were: to improve the provision of student accommodation, including providing accessible rooms, en-suites, communal kitchen/dining facilities and better external spaces; to reduce energy consumption; to improve access; to mitigate the impact of the development on the neighbouring properties and the De Freville Conservation Area; and, to provide market flats to generate income for the provision of student accommodation.

The contemporary design, using materials that  harmonise with the surrounding properties and the street context, responds to the surrounding architectural language through the use of pitched roofs, gables and articulation of the facades. The development has created 85 student units (a mix of en-suite rooms with shared kitchens, studios and flats) and 14 market flats. A carefully considered landscape scheme will provide generous amenity spaces and increased biodiversity. Green roofs and on-site renewable energy generation, together with a passive ‘fabric first’ approach to building construction and services, will contribute to the sustainability and quality of the redeveloped St Regis site.

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