Harvey Court

Refurbishment of Grade II* listed building.


Harvey Court was designed by Sir Leslie Martin and Colin St John Wilson and erected in 1961-62 for Gonville and Caius College. Although it is an important and iconic building, some elements had reached the end of their useful life with water penetrating many of the rooms which also required updating and refurbishment.

Principal works included essential repairs to the central raised podium with its large roof light, the terraced decks and parapets, including the reinstatement of the original brick pavior surfaces; the refurbishment of student rooms, including the provision of en-suite facilities and modification of communal gyp rooms, storage rooms and gym Beacon were originally appointed to prepare a Historic Building Assessment and to advise on the preparation of detailed proposals for the refurbishment and alteration of this important Grade II* listed building in the west of Cambridge.

However the scope quickly widened to include leading the discussions with the City Council, English Heritage, the Twentieth Century Society and even the original project architect.

We also prepared the Planning, Heritage and Design and Access Statements coordinated and submitted the applications.


Planning and listed building consent for the main refurbishment works was granted in January 2010 and the works were completed for the 2012/13 academic year.

ClientGonville and Caius College
Services providedAdvice   Application  
BP teamJon Burgess  
Project value£10m
ArchitectBidwells / Levitt Bernstein
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