Judge Business School

Development of masterplan and heritage advice to support planning and listed building consent application for phase 1.


This Cambridge Judge Business School is located within the old Addenbrooke's Hospital building on Trumpington Road. The building is Grade II listed, and following its 1990s conversion by John Outram, its rather eclectic character lends it added prominence within the conservation area.

With the ever increasing success of the Cambridge Judge, the business school has outgrown the accommodation on the site, with for example 30% of degree programme lectures taking place elsewhere, inadequate office and lecturing spaces, and limited catering facilities.

Beacon Planning were invited to advise the University as part of a wider design team including award winning architects Stanton Williams on a master plan and planning and listed building consent application for the first stage of the site's expansion.

Phase 1 will see the demolition of the former nurses' accommodation to the rear of the site fronting Tennis Court Road, and replacement with a purpose built structure interlinking with the rear of the old hospital building and Outram's 1990 additions. This will provide much needed teaching and office space, as well as new catering facilities and break out spaces.

Beacon prepared an initial heritage appraisal of the site which guided the development of the master plan, and later underpinned the design development of the phase 1 extension. We liaised with officers at Cambridge City Council and English Heritage with regards to the impacts on the conservation area and listed building throughout the pre-application stage, and presented to the Design and Conservation Panel who toured the site.

Consent was granted in Spring 2015, the 25th anniversary year of the Cambridge Judge, with work expected to be completed in 2017.


The scheme was granted planning and listed building consent in Spring 2015, and construction work is now underway.

ClientUniversity of Cambridge
Services providedAdvice  
BP teamJon Burgess  
Project value£34 million
ArchitectStanton Williams
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