New Hall College, Murray Edwards Cambridge University Architecture, Building, Photos, Design, Architect

New Hall College Cambridge : Architecture

Modern Higher Education Building in England design by Chamberlin, Powell & Bon Architects, UK

post updated 16 Jan 2021

New Hall College Building

Key Chamberlin, Powell and Bon building:

New Hall Cambridge New Hall College

Murray Edwards College

Date built: 1962-66

Location: northwest Cambridge, England, UK

Brutalist concrete, unusual organic forms

Address: Huntingdon Road

New Hall College designers : Chamberlin, Powell & Bon

Murray Edwards College is a women-only constituent college of the University of Cambridge. It was founded as “New Hall” in 1954.

According to Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, the modern College grounds are open to the public from 10am-6pm, please report to the Porters’ Lodge before beginning your tour.

The main buildings are unique modern architecture by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon. The original buildings on the site of the Orchard, Huntingdon Road, were designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon – architects of the Barbican and Golden Lane Estates in London. The principal areas – the Dining-Hall, the Library and teaching rooms – centre on a sunken Fountain Court, with student accommodation spiralling out from this core. The whole complex is then held together by the Main Walkway, which runs the entire length of the College.

The petals of the Dome are precast concrete, only 4″ thick and flanged so that they overlap round each other, with glass panels between. They are held in place by a steel ring at the top and another at the bottom.

The informal gardens are across 14 acres and were recently included in the Good Garden Guide. Murray Edwards College encourage their students to enjoy the gardens and unlike most colleges, students are welcome to walk on the grass and pick flowers and herbs to use.

The college was renamed in 2008 following a donation of £30 million by alumna Ros Edwards and Steve Edwards. The first President was named Dame Rosemary Murray, hence the new title combines the first President and the major donors.

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Address: Murray Edwards College , Huntingdon Road, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB3 0DR, south east England, UK

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