Michael Nugent Ltd MEP works have begun at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge

Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge was founded in 1584 on the site of a Dominican priory, by Sir Walter Mildmay. The historic building is in the heart of Cambridge Central Conversation Area. Parts of the monastic Grade II building remain today, and the heritage will be restored during the £21 million scheme. The project will transform the Southern end of the college spanning across 7,800m 2 .

Emmanuel College is a school with a distinctive Christian character and a community made up of students, staff, parents and researchers. The school occupies extensive grounds and buildings dating from medieval to today presently supporting its community for over 400 years and before this the college was a Church priory.

For the Emma enables virtual launch event Gavin Henderson, Principal Director at Stanton Williams, and Mike Gross, Bursar at Emmanuel College, discussed the College’s most significant transformation in over 100 years in Stanton Williams video.

This is the College’s most significant transformation in over 100 years and will support the council’s aim to reduce carbon emissions in new development.  The project has been in planning for a decade to ensure the campus would be exactly what they wanted including long lasting for at least 300 years, reducing carbon emissions, maintaining the building’s character and benefiting the community both intellectually and socially.

The new development will enhance the life of the college. The area from South Court through to Park Terrace will include a social hub known as the ‘Emma Hub’ which will be a café type facility. The hub will be an informal, communal and welcoming space for everyone.

New College Court will consist of 50 ensuite student rooms, accessible rooms and accessible fellow suites supporting the community of Emma.

Furness Lodge Court is a 19th Century villa and will be transformed into an education centre including MCR for postgraduates, teaching spaces, seminar spaces, offices and behind this will be the New College Bar and Event Space with music practice rooms as social facilities.

The college is also improving off-site accommodation upgrading the current student rooms in South Court. Emmanuel College will also be providing nursery facilities for those with children under the age of 5.

Michael Nugent Ltd will be providing the full Mechanical and Electrical services including but not limited to; Mechanical Supply and Extract Ventilation, Underfloor Heating, Ground Source Heat Pump Installation, General Power Supplies, CCTV, Security Lighting and Electric Vehicle Charging.

Specialised services include; Roof Lighting maximising daylight to the social hub and event space, Natural Ventilation to the social hub, Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery, Open Loop Group Source Heat Pump to provide heating and cooling, Rainwater Harvesting, Low Flow Water Fittings, Efficient LED Lighting and Energy Saving Controls.

The scheme has been planned by architects as a green development to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions by up to 50%. The buildings have been devised to utilise Low and Zero Carbon Technology including; On Site Photovoltaic, Open Loop Group Source Heat Pump, and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems with a variety of passive and clean energy measures.

Construction works began back in December, 2020 and Michael Nugent Ltd begun MEP works on site recently in July. The educational project is expected to be finished in December, 2022.

Images and video courtesy of Architect Stanton Williams