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Warmer and quieter offices for the Master and Staff

74 Trumpington Street has been upgraded with curved on plan and standard secondary glazing to create quieter and warmer office environments in line with the College’s overall sustainability plan. In an effort to keep attracting the best scholarly minds and providing the best environments to nurture their excellence, a vision for enhanced learning spaces on the South Side of Mill Lane has been created. One of which is the Grade II Listed Kenmare House designed and built by James Essex c.1760, a prolific constructor in Cambridge, with many of his buildings now making up the University’s Estate.

Pleasance Hookham and Nix were contracted by the College to put the architectural plans together of how the buildings would be reconfigured, to house the Master, Finance, Human Resources and International Programmes Teams and Fellows accommodation. Because of its Listing, the original single pane windows had to be kept, so a solution to combat the noise ingress and thermal inefficiencies was required. Selectaglaze was contacted early in the design process, which made the incorporation of the secondary glazing far more efficient.

Over 60 units were installed throughout the buildings. On the front elevation, where noise ingress was a larger concern, the secondary glazing was installed with a larger cavity, to create the sound insulation. On the rear of the building the glazing was mainly for thermal and one intricately etched large window overlooking a flat roof, had a large Secured by Design unit installed for added security.

What could have been a complex job was made easier with collaborative working from the start with the architects and Robert Griggs, Pembroke College Facilities Manager. Robert Griggs commented: “The introduction of secondary double glazing was the only practical way to improve sound and thermal comfort within the restrictions of such a prominently positioned historic building.” comments Robert Griggs.

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