Corpus Christi College, founded in 1352, is one of the oldest colleges in Cambridge University. The project to improve residential and academic facilities, led by Wright and Wright Architects, included the conversion of former bank premises to create a new library and the construction of a new student centre.
The new Library is situated on the lower levels of the former bank: the structure in the basement and the high-ceiling banking hall were replaced with three new library floors. The student centre is located in the north-west corner of Old Court and in a new adjoining purpose-built basement, which links across to the basements of a neighbouring Victorian terrace.
The importance of some of the existing buildings, the constrained space and the need to minimise the disturbance during construction to allow the college to carry on with its normal life, made this a complex and challenging project.