Quayside offers the citizens of Cambridge its first and only urban public space in close proximity to the river, and earned a place in The Good Place Guide: Urban Design in Britain and Ireland.
It was built to strict commercial constraints for a development company established by Magdalene College and Trafford Park Estates. The form permits spatial variety within its volume, such as top-lit studio-like areas on the upper floor. The main entrance areas have glazed lift shafts within a four-storey void where the stair landings and passages have been designed to encourage conversation and interaction.
The steel frame building has raised floors, and built-in louvres below the windows; this has allowed tenants to install versatemp air conditioning without disrupting the appearance of the façades, which are clad in 50 mm facing bricks and natural stone.
“Among the embellishments of the scheme is a gargoyle by Spitting Image of a banker to Elizabeth I who cheated the college of its endowment in 1542. Even in the days of modern hard business sense, memories are long”
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