"The new space is having a psychological impact on its occupants. Everyone feels an inch taller"
Professor Andrew Balmford
Department of Zoology
The CCI is a unique collaboration between the University of Cambridge and leading internationally-focused biodiversity conservation organisations clustered around Cambridge.
The Nicholas Hare Architects-led team has transformed the existing 1960s Brutalist building into an experimental collaborative hub designed to enhance creative interaction between the academics and the conservation partners. Five hundred conservation practitioners will rub shoulders with academics from eight University of Cambridge departments, as well as students from the MPhil in Conservation Leadership.
The refurbishment has been carried out using a bespoke sustainability plan. Project specific targets developed with the building users around biodiversity, outreach and education will be monitored alongside energy use and more typical criteria. A new green roof with PVs, a living wall and rooftop rain gardens are visible emblems for users and visitors of the wider sustainable approach.
“Nicholas Hare Architects have been inspirational to work with…they have consulted end users widely but with a clear focus, championed new ideas, fostered collaborative working and built enthusiasm and ownership for the project”
Dr Mike Rands, Director
Cambridge Conservation Initiative
Photo by Phil Mynott