Construction Underway for New Auditorium and Accomodation Wing

Photo: Professor Geoff Ward, Ms Deborah Griffin, Mr Mark Hart

Construction has begun on a new accommodation and auditorium wing at Homerton, to be named North Wing.

Designed by Ingleton Wood Martindales and being built by Barnes Construction, the new four-storey building, when completed in Spring next year, will provide an auditorium and two music rooms for students on the ground floor, and 18 en-suite guest bedrooms over the remaining three floors.

Bursar, Deborah Griffin OBE is pictured with Principal, Professor Geoff Ward and Mark Hart, Joint Managing Director for Barnes Construction. They were on-site as some of the 62 augered piles, ranging in length from seven to 22 metres in length, were installed to support the foundations.

Ms Griffin commented: “It is great to see construction finally underway on a building that will enhance student life at Homerton. The auditorium will have retractable seating, so it will be a space that can be adapted for a number of uses, from lectures and conferences, to musical performances.

“We are also particularly proud that we will be harnessing renewable energy to supply heating to the building by installing a ground source heat pump.”

Preliminary work on site started in March with the demolition of the existing buildings and some relocation of existing services.

Once the foundations are complete, a steel frame will be erected to the first floor, with a timber frame supporting the remaining floors and the roof. The building will then be clad in quality facing bricks with stone surrounds to the windows, all of which will considerably improve the streetscape on Harrison Drive. The spaces provided by North Wing will greatly enhance Homerton’s facilities and student experience, particularly in terms of provision for performing arts.

The construction programme will take 12 months and when completed, the new North Wing will have been joined to the existing adjacent D+E student accommodation building; which will also undergo a refurbishment. 

Mark Hart commented: “We are delighted to once again be working with Homerton College. Cambridge is unique when compared to the rest of East Anglia and due to its standing and heritage for excellence in education and research, clients want their projects to be of the highest quality and specification. We are proud of the part we are playing in leaving a mark in one of the most historic cities in the UK.”