Work to the medieval Hall at Corpus Christi is underway. The ductwork has been striped out to reveal the form of the roof.
Our proposals for the renovation of the Medieval Hall and Wilkins’ Staircase to the Dining Hall at Corpus Christi College have been well received. The before and after images of the staircase show the impact of removing the screens installed in the 1940s.
We have been developing concepts for pop-up teaching pods to facilitate one-to-one language teaching for EF.
The RIBA have invited NRAP Architects to conduct a tour of EF Language School at 6pm on Thursday 8th October, as part of their “GREAT BRITSH BUILDINGS” season. Richard will give a short talk before leading a walking tour of the building. The project was the 2015 winner of an Historic England Conservation Award, an RIBA Regional Award and a Cambridge Design and Construction Award.
The RIBA Judges described the project as ”a carefully considered scheme that had tremendous thought and consideration to the existing structure and how a new modern piece of architecture can sit aside and also influence the way in which an older building would adapt to fit its new requirements”.
Tickets can be purchased from the RIBA by contacting Delyth Turner-Harriss at:
NRAP Architects were presented with the Cambridge Design + Construction Award in the Conservation, Alteration or Extension of an Existing Building Category for our EF Language School project that was completed last November. The project has also been short-listed for the RIBA Regional Award that will be decided on 16th April.
Architecture Today have just published a four page article about EF Language School in the “InForm” supplement.
The school opened two weeks ago and the building maintenance manager has sent us this photo of the new classroom block and main entrance at EF on Hills Road. Recently completed energy calculations demonstrate that the extension achieves an “A” rating.
Here is a short clip of the central atrium at EF, taken with my shaky iPhone. Each classroom has a translucent screen that allows projected images to be seen in the classroom and the atrium simultaneously.
NRAP Architects are pleased to announce the completion of a multi-million pound highly innovative project to refurbish and extend EF Language School on Hills Road in Cambridge. Proposals were 5 years in the making and received planning permission last summer. Balfour Beatty, the main contractor, started construction last Autumn and completed the work in a little over 14 months.
The progressive design creates a relaxed and studious atmosphere. Twenty naturally lit and naturally ventilated classrooms are arranged on two levels around a series of linked communal spaces and a double height atrium. Translucent glass screens in place of white boards allow projected images to be simultaneously viewed in the classroom and the atrium space. North-facing roof lights within the extension provide a high level of natural lighting without generating glare or overheating. Floors have been removed within the retained building to create a dramatic triple-height space in the heart of the institution. Elsewhere floor levels have been adjusted to allow disabled access to every room. The relatively compact layout and deep plan creates an energy efficient envelope, enclosing well-lit and generous spaces. Sustainability measures also include an array of solar cells on the roof and high levels of insulation within the new extension.
This year NRAP Architects are celebrating 25 years in business. The completion of this building is certainly something for them to celebrate.
The new school for EF in Hills Road should be opening its doors to students very soon.