Churchill College

Churchill College was to be Britain’s answer to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a modern college with an emphasis on science and a high proportion of post-graduate students — a rare idea when it was conceived in 1957. Winston Churchill was supportive, his name encouraged sponsors, and his great age ensured it was realised quickly.

Sheppard Robson was the eventual winner of a limited competition among twenty architectural practices to design Churchill College Cambridge in 1958. The client's requirement was for 60 fellows and 540 students, a high number for a Cambridge college.

The scheme, by Sheppard Robson Architects consists of a pleasant series of external courts - some partly open, some enclosed - with attractive landscaping. One court contains a huge sprawling tree and the entry is between two pools. The styling of the facades is a little sombre and typical of the sixties.

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