Cambridge Walking Tour and Seminar 20th November 2018

Managing Contemporary and Historic Design and Development - Cambridge
Tuesday 20th November 2018
Wesley House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BJ

Bookings now open:
 The city of Cambridge is known world-wide for its historic built environment - the architecture and spaces of its university and 31 colleges.  With a global reputation for excellence in higher education and spin-off research companies, the city is experiencing considerable growth and provides fascinating exemplars for how to manage historic environments and embrace challenging new development.

Hosted by Cambridge City Council
This two-part seminar and walking tour is an opportunity to visit developments built in the last 10 years in their urban context, and discuss new proposals which seek to capitalise on the city’s historic and contemporary success.

This event will be useful to local authority officers and councillors with planning and design portfolios, conservation officers, developers, architects, urban designers and planners in private practice, town and parish councillors, and civic society members.  The benefits of attending this seminar are:

·                    A first-hand appreciation of contemporary development within an historic setting

·                    An understanding of how planning guidance and decision-making frameworks are established and used

·                    The opportunity to discuss guidance and its interpretation with key figures in the city

·                    An awareness of the main issues for guiding and promoting good contemporary design
·                    An appreciation of key conservation and urban design principles
·                    Greater confidence in decision-making on design in historic places or conservation area settings.



Tea and coffee on arrival


Welcome, Louise Thomas, HTVF Director


Conservation Principles and Tools, Christian Brady, Principal Conservation and Design Officer, Cambridge City Council


Current Major Design and Heritage Challenges, Christian Brady, Jonathan Hurst and Susan Smith, Conservation and Design Officers, Cambridge City Council


Cambridge’s Conflicting Pressures and the Challenges in Promoting New Development, Jenni Mason, Associate Director, Heritage, Turley


Tea and Coffee


Balancing the Pressure for Growth and Design Quality, Stacey Weiser, Cambridge Past Present and Future


Q&A with panel discussion



 1.45pm            Walking Tour leaving from Wesley House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge, led by Christian Brady, Principal Conservation and Design Officer, Cambridge City Council looking at a range of contemporary architectural schemes in Cambridge’s historic urban centre:
  • Wesley House, Wesley College (Cowper Griffiths Architects 2017)
  • West Court, Jesus College (Niall McLaughlin Architects 2017) and internal viewing
  • Grand Arcade shopping centre (Add Architects 2008)
  • University Arms Hotel (John Simpson Architects 2018)
  • Cambridge Fire Station (Glenn Howells Architects 2013)
  • Hilton Hotel, Downing Street
  • Downing Site & Old Press/ Mill Lane Sites
  •  Judge School of Business, Grade II* listed (Matthew Digby Wyatt 1866, John Outram 1995, Stanton Williams 2018) and internal viewing

     Optional visit en route to the station (depending on daylight):
  • Sainsbury Laboratory and café in Cambridge University Botanic Gardens (Stanton Williams 2010) (with extra charge to enter gardens), OR
  • Accordia housing development (Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Alison Brooks Architects and Macreanor Lavington 2003-), and
  • Cambridge’s Station Quarter (masterplan by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners 2004-8).

This event will count as 5 hours of CPD.