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Top Cambridge University College asks Messenger to make room

10th October 2017

Messenger is building a stunning new room at one of Cambridge University’s largest graduate colleges, with the space to be named in honour of one of its original founders. This multi-functional pavilion will be used by students for lectures, seminars, and social gatherings.

Darwin College new Bradfield Room

The John Bradfield Room is under construction at Darwin College on Silver Street in Cambridge. Darwin was founded in 1964 as Cambridge University’s first graduate-only college, and also the first to admit both men and women.

Sir John Bradfield died in 2014 aged 89. While he was the Senior Bursar of Trinity College, Sir John was instrumental in the founding of Darwin College, and remained actively involved with Darwin for over half century.

The John Bradfield Room promises to be a significant addition to the College’s facilities. The room and its associated amenities will be accessible via The John Bradfield Court. The Court sensitively incorporates the College’s existing historic buildings facing the river, in particular the Old Granary, the iconic face of Darwin around the world.

In building the new John Bradfield Room, Messenger will reconfigure the entrances to the Old Granary and the Study Centre. The pavilion project involves piled foundations, masonry works, roof works, joinery works, mechanical, electrical and drainage installations, decorations and landscaping.

Aside from the new build element of the project, the interior layout of the heritage listed ‘Old Granary’ has also been re-designed to provide modern en-suite student rooms, many with river views. Messenger’s work will entail strip out works, structural alterations, electrical and mechanical installations and decorations.

The anticipated completion date of both elements of the project is summer 2018.

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