51 Hills Road

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Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award




Local Authority Area


Information about this scheme

High-quality, commercial accommodation, on a site in the centre of Cambridge, has been provided for Jesus College, Cambridge University. The project demonstrates use of innovative design and building technologies to create a highly sustainable building that responds to its historic urban context in a bold yet sensitive manner. It achieves BREEAM Excellent and follows BCO standards, serving as a lasting asset to the College. The design approach was driven by a deep understanding of the site’s historic context and desire to seamlessly integrate the environmental strategy. The onerous planning requirements of the Conservation Area and adjacent listed buildings have not compromised the distinct identity of the scheme. Careful consideration of massing and finesse of detailing ensure that the building will serve as a lasting asset to the College and make a positive contribution to the surrounding area. 



Gort Scott


Jesus College, University of Cambridge

Services Engineer

Max Fordham

Project Manager


Main Contractor

Ashe Construction Ltd.

Landscape Architect

Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects

Structural Engineer

SOLUTION Engineers Ltd

Sustainability Consultant

Orchard Estates

Primary Use Class

Class B1 - Business