Client: University of Cambridge
Location: Cambridge
Status: Complete

Conference, Learning & Social Centre OPdA Eddington, North West Cambridge

The post doctorate community in the University of Cambridge numbers over 4,000 and is responsible for much of the research that underpins the University’s world leading reputation. The University established the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPdA) to look after the interests of the postdoc community by providing information, advice and opportunities for social interaction.

The University appointed Saunders Boston Architects to design a new administrative, social and conference centre for the OPdA in Eddington, North West Cambridge, the University’s largest capital development project.

The Centre was created by fitting out the ground floor ‘shells’ of 2 new, adjacent residential blocks in the centre of Eddington, directly amongst the community it serves. The project included all services and finishes with low maintenance and good acoustics being key objectives.

The client expressed a desire to present a relevant and progressive ‘face’ to the Postdoctoral community. The resulting design is a modern and slightly hard-edged aesthetic that exploited the contemporary design of the new buildings of the Eddington development and the in-situ concrete structure of the existing spaces.

Project Scope:

  • Multi-purpose, flexible Conference Suite (up to 200 delegates with adjacent break-out space)
  • Committee/meeting rooms
  • Social space
  • Catering/bar facilities
  • Purpose designed Reception Desk
  • Open Plan, agile office space
  • Cellular offices
  • Resource areas