Chetwynd Court, King's College Cambridge

A new auditorium and expansion for historic Cambridge college.

Founded in 1441, King’s College Cambridge is undergoing a refurbishment to modernise and expand Chetwynd Court, as well as the lower levels of the surrounding listed buildings on the site.

The project will involve the refurbishment of the external court to include the design of a new glass pavilion structure to link the current Grade I and II listed buildings which enclose the Court, as well as the development of the ground floor area to include new academic, social and conference spaces. Additionally, a new 200-seat multi-purpose auditorium is to be constructed which will house performances and events for the Cambridge college. The new auditorium is planned to be created underground to minimise the heritage impact on the cultural environment of the college.

There will also be the opportunity to consider design proposals for the redevelopment of the King’s Lane which runs parallel to Chetwynd Court in order to re-connect the college to this pedestrian route.

Skelly & Couch is carrying out M&E Design work to RIBA Stage 1 to develop energy efficient strategies for the fabric and engineering services of the buildings.

Images by Abell Nepp