Cranmer Road is currently under construction. Please book your tours but be aware that we may have to cancel nearer the event if construction is not completed.
This new-build is the biggest passive house construction in Cambridge. Cranmer Road will be home to 59 King’s College graduate students from October. A unique one-off opportunity to visit. Find out about passive house construction techniques.
Open: 28th September
Type: New build
This Cranmer Road development consists of two new buildings designed by Allies and Morrison and constructed by RG Carter for King’s College, Cambridge. They will bring together, in one place, all of King’s graduate accommodation, transforming a series of individual hostels into a cohesive campus around a shared garden.
The two new buildings consist of a garden wing of 40 bedrooms and a new building along Cranmer Road of 19 bedrooms, increasing the overall capacity of the site by 60%. They will sit alongside two existing hostels, originally late Victorian, which will continue to house graduate students.
The building fronting on to Cranmer Road is conceived as a contemporary villa building respecting the scale, form and materials of the adjacent Arts and Crafts villas. The linear garden building, on the other hand is nestled in the landscape and its elevational treatment – incorporating pre-cast concrete framing – makes references to the remarkable heritage of modern architecture in west Cambridge.
Both buildings are designed to achieve an exemplary environmental performance with an ‘all-electric’ approach and are set to become the first major development in Cambridge to achieve Passivhaus certification.
- Two buildings – three storey Cranmer Villa and two storey Garden Building
- Largest passive house development in Cambridge
- Ultra-low energy with very little heating or cooling required
- All electric approach