Clare Hall, West Court Building Cambridge, England Building, Project, Photo, Design

Clare Hall – West Court Building, Cambridge

Development in Cambridge, southeast England – design by NRAP architects

page updated 7 Aug 2016 ; 3 Mar 2009

Clare Hall West Court Building

Design: NRAP, architects

Clare Hall West Court
picture : Dennis Gilbert/View

Clare Hall Cambridge

Having exhausted the potential for expansion within the complex, the college purchased a large 1960’s house with extensive grounds located nearby. We converted it to provide flats for visiting Fellows and obtained Planning Permission to build a new court in the garden to the west.

This court (West Court) is formed by the Paul Mellon Building containing 11 flats for visiting Fellows and the Robert Honeycombe building which provides 13 graduate study bedrooms.

The flats are two-way facing, four to a staircase, and with the exception of a disabled persons flat, have two bedrooms.

Clare Hall West Court Building Cambridge photo / information from NRAP 050309


The Forbes Mellon Library was opened in 1986 and is named after two major benefactors, Mansfield Forbes, a fomer Fellow, and Paul Mellon, an undergraduate at Clare, 1929-31. It is situated in Memorial Court in a building of considerable architectural interest designed by Sir Philip Dowson. The building also houses a student common room, three music practice rooms, and a recital/lecture room.

The architects note on their website, “The study bedrooms are mostly south facing looking over the garden, the first floor rooms having small balconies. They are entered from a generous double-height gallery lit from above and from each end by large high level windows. The project also included refurbishing and extending a swimming pool and gymnasium, and a new tennis court.”

Location:Memorial Court, Queens Road, Cambridge, UK

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