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14 November 2012 | Posted by Charlotte Burton | Education
A Cambridge college building has been given a new lease of life for a number of modern education and conference uses by a project team which included Beacon Planning.
Known as the Divinity School, the Grade II Listed building. which is on Trinity Street in the city and was built in 1878 to designs by renowned 19th Century architect, Basil Champneys – who also built Newnham College as well as other notable buildings for Oxford Colleges and the University of Manchester - has been restored and re-worked internally with Beacon Planning acting as planning and heritage consultants on the project. The Divinity School has been out of commission since 1997 when a new Faculty of Divinity was built near West Road in the city. Internally, the building was very dated and several potential schemes for converting it for different uses - one including a hotel and restaurant - were considered but not pursued. In 2008, St John's College held an architectural competition, won by Cambridge-based architects Annand and Mustoe, for a conversion which sees a building for multi-purpose use including teaching, performances, meetings, conferences and with an enlarged basement for office use and storage archive. Beacon Planning's work on the project included detailed discussions with the Victorian Society, Cambridge City Council as well as other statutory authorities and interested parties in agreeing the modifications which would bring the building forward for modern use while respecting its architectural heritage and historical importance.