St John’s College has appointed Allies and Morrison to help develop a 20 year masterplan for its diverse estate covering 25 hectares in central and west Cambridge. The masterplan will review all College operations and address how it might respond to the changing centre of gravity in Cambridge, with the University developing land to the west and northwest of the city.

St John’s College is located in the heart of the City of Cambridge and has an extensive, scenic and historic estate. Most of the buildings on its main site are listed, many Grade I, including the Bridge of Sighs, one of the most photographed buildings in Cambridge. The College is arranged around six traditional courts and boasts generous gardens and grounds on both sides of the River Cam. The last significant residential extension of the College was the construction of the 210-room Cripps Building in 1967 designed by Powell and Moya.

This project is particularly exciting for Allies and Morrison as the practice recently opened a Cambridge studio.

Mark Wells, Domestic Bursar at the College said:
“We have just completed an extensive programme of refurbishment and want to ensure that we have a robust masterplan before investing in the next capital project. Allies and Morrison have an international reputation for delivering successful masterplans including Kings Cross and the Olympic Park – the College is delighted to be working with them.”