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Lucy Cavendish College

End date
September 2022

The pioneering Lucy Cavendish College needed to instigate fundamental change to ensure that it would continue to attract students and flourish for years to come.

The college wished to create a space that upgraded its existing accommodation and promoted a diverse environment for students and educators alike.

Inclusivity was at the heart of this project as the college aspired to make the new multi-use space accessible to everyone. At least 80% of UK entrants to the college will be from diverse, under-represented backgrounds.

As an industry-leading organisation with strong ties to the Cambridge community, Bidwells helped successfully navigate the complex planning and heritage obligations that this project required, and the formal application process addressed the project’s planning policy, urban design, heritage and tree impact issues. Working closely with the city council’s conservation and design officers, we carefully resolved the challenges of constructing new and replacement buildings in a sensitive Conservation Area setting.

The client requested the funding and planning delivery be achieved within the academic period and for the construction work to take account of the university’s summer recess. Our project management team delivered the new accommodation block in time and as a phased build.

The upgraded college will feature 72 en-suite student rooms with an integral café and dining and social teaching space. The collaborative relationship between Bidwells, the college and Cambridge City Council ensured a successful project, delivered in a short timeframe, for a world-class organisation.

RTPI Planning Excellence Awards names Bidwells Winner


Bidwells’ Planning team were named winners in the prestigious RTPI awards celebrating some of the nation’s most impressive projects for their work on Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge.  


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Best project win for planning team


Our planners picked up Best Project for its work on Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, a new accommodation block providing student rooms, social spaces, and a café.


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Lucy Cavendish College picks up a win at the AJ Architecture Awards 2023


Our Project Management team picked up the Higher Education Project award at the AJ Architecture Awards 2023. One judge stated ‘It was understated, but I was blown away by it’


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Guy Kaddish

Partner, Planning

Guy is head of one of the largest planning teams in Cambridge, and planning representative in our science and technology leaders group.

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Danielle Percy

Danielle Percy

Partner, Head of Landscape Architecture & Masterplanning

At all stages of the development process, Danielle and her team of landscape architects and urban designers are on hand to help you.

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Kate Hannelly-Brown

Kate Hannelly-Brown

Partner, Heritage and Design

A heritage consultant, architectural technician and conservation officer all rolled in to one.

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