26-27 Cambridge Science Park, Cambridge
Trinity College Cambridge
This speculative commercial development is a catalyst for this part of the science park and sets the standard for future development. The three storeys high building sits on a landscaped podium over undercroft parking.
The concealment of the parking has been one of the main premises that have guided the way the building is positioned on the site. The building has been recessed from all sides of the site boundary allowing for the provision of a landscaped outdoor working area, a landscaped edge to the north of the site, and a carefully designed “street” over the podium that leads to the main entrance.
The structural strategy responds to the needs of an efficient office plan designed over a 9000 by 7500 mm grid, the undercroft car park, and its distinctive building form.
The blade columns at the edge of the building have been stepped to minimise the extent of the overhangs and to avoid having columns in the most valuable spaces of the floor plans. In this way, both the user experience inside the building and its outside appearance reflect an equally important design response to the brief.
The materials used give a sleek and minimal appearance that is aimed to attract those companies dedicated to scientific and technological research and development.
The building has been pre-let to leading games company Frontier Plc.