Møller Centre

Planning consent for extensions to residential conference and training centre.


Beacon Planning worked with the Cambridge office of R H Partnership Architects and the Møller Centre management team to secure planning permission for extensions and alterations to provide further bedrooms, enlarged kitchen, enhanced office and conference and training facilities as well as associated external works on the site.

The centre was designed by Danish architect Henning Larsen and sits within the landscaped grounds of Churchill College within the West Cambridge Conservation Area. It opened in 1992 providing 71 bedrooms, a 100 seat lecture theatre, a range of meeting rooms, and associated catering and support facilities.

While the Centre itself is not listed, the building is considered by Cambridge City Council to be a ‘positive unlisted building’ and views of the site across the playing fields on Madingley Road are noted as ‘important positive views’.

The extensions faithfully replicate overall parapet height and roof profile and reproduce the horizontal stone banding of the existing building.

We prepared the Planning and Heritage Statements to demonstrate how proposals met local and national policies and also worked with the client to prepare the Public Art Delivery Plan.


Planning permission granted in October 2013 and the building has been occupied since 2015.

ClientChurchill College / Møller Centre
AppointedApril 2013
Services providedApplication  
BP teamAndy Thompson  
Project value£4m
ArchitectRH Partnership (3XN as executive architects)
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