Cambridge Museum of Technology

Museum of Technology
Client: Trustees of the Museum of Technology
Location: Cambridge

From time to time Pro bono work can help an organisation get to the stage where they have the confidence to fund raise or engage professionals on a fee earning basis. This work is often rewarding and enjoyable.
The Museum of Technology in Cambridge is a wonderful set of Victorian buildings and were the old sewerage pumping work for the city. Dry waste was burn in the furnaces to drive the turbines that pumped the wet waste out of the city!
The site was falling into disrepair and in order to access funding and open it up to the public the trustees asked us to look at issues and opportunities on the site, including disabled access and a revenue generating café.
Site analysis and understanding of constraints is all part of the work and Architect undertakes. to allow clients to make well informed decisions about how to get best value and public good from their own and public funds.

Gwydir Street #2, Cambridge

Gwydir Street #2,
Location: Cambridge
Client: private
Contract value: confidential

Working with the clients we proposed a sketch scheme to meet there brief for an attic extension, side extension and garden music room, for their terrace house in Cambridge. The project allowed for staging of the works. We secured planning and building control approval, assisted in the appointment of a contractor and two of the three elements of the project built.
The side extension provides a suntrap for morning coffee and the music room a welcome retreat for contemplation and the practice without disturbing the neighbours.
Inspired by a Japanese tearoom, the music room is self-contained. It is timber lined in English grown larch sawn boarding with an oak floor, a mezzanine sleeping level, reading nook, slate lined shower room, roof lights, and bay window with a deep seat from which to watch the birds in the garden. The building is masonry construction, slate-roofed and the front elevation is treated with tared hessian to create a building which in time will recede into the gardens herbaceous planting.