2000 post-graduate student bed spaces will be available on the North West Cambridge Development.
The first phase includes 325 bedrooms for postgraduates. Leased to Girton College, the purpose-built complex will be known as Swirles Court, which was designed by R H Partnership.
The complex is linked to the site-wide sustainable urban drainage system, the largest water recycling network in the country, and to the district heating system, and benefits from the underground waste storage system. Students will be encouraged to grow their own produce in the integrated allotment areas.
Each student will benefit from secure indoor cycle storage (there are 325 spaces in total) and Swirles Court’s location on the main Ridgeway cycle route will provide easy access to all typical student destinations including West Cambridge, Cambridge city centre and the Sidgwick site; public transport connections are already in place to Addenbrooke’s hospital and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
Innovative features like solar shading screens to prevent overheating in summer and perforated window surrounds to allow natural ventilation help cement Swirles Court, and Eddington, as an exemplar of sustainability.
The RHP designed accommodation also provides:
- A 24 hour porters’ lodge reception
- General meeting area
- Quiet study area
- Laundry facilities
- Shared kitchen / sitting rooms suitable for self-catering
- Access to three landscaped gardens which draw inspiration from traditional courts in Cambridge colleges
- Some of the kitchens are large enough to host whole-house meetings/events
Photographs above are by Richard Chivers.