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ENHANCED FACILITIES PLANNED FOR AWARD WINNING MøLLER CENTRE   
20 October 2013 | Posted by Joanna Burton | Education
 
Image courtesy of R H Partnership
A planning application for additional residential accommodation, conference, training and catering facilities and office space at The Møller Centre has been granted permission by Cambridge City Council.

Beacon Planning prepared the Heritage Statement and the Planning Statement on behalf of client, Churchill College as part of the planning application process, and worked with the Cambridge office of R H Partnership Architects and The Møller Centre management team on the detailed planning application.

The Møller Centre, a wholly owned subsidiary of Churchill College, is located on Storey's Way in Cambridge, and is a multi-award winning residential management training and conference centre, providing executive education, and management training facilities.

The Centre was opened in 1992 by Her Majesty Queen Ingrid of Denmark.

Its purpose is to bring together the worlds of academia and industry, providing the highest standard of continuing education to senior executives - a "Centre of Excellence". Current facilities include 71 bedrooms, a 100-seat tiered lecture theatre, and 23 meeting rooms, networking and catering facilities.

The success of the Centre during the past two decades means that additional facilities are required to meet current demand and accommodate the future business growth of this venue, which is highly regarded by its local, national and international client base.

The Møller Centre's main building was originally designed by Danish architect Henning Larsen and features an iconic octagonal tower located within the grounds of Churchill College. Although the building is not designated as Listed, it is considered by Cambridge City Council, to be a 'positive unlisted building', and the views from the site across the playing fields on Madingley Road are noted as 'important positive views'.

Bo Boje Larsen of Danish architects 3XN, who is a former colleague of Henning Larsen, has created the initial design concept, which guides the current proposals in order to retain the original architectural integrity of The Møller Centre scheme.

Both Beacon Planning and R H Partnership have a proven track record in working on a range of successful projects for a number of University of Cambridge Colleges, both independently and jointly.