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Faculty of Classics, Cambridge University



The works comprise the complete refurbishment and an extension of the Faculty of Classics department at the Cambridge University’s Sidgewick Site in Cambridge.

The project was completed in March 2010 and provided a 2700 m² extension in a complimentary style to the original 1970s building together with major internal alterations and refurbishments.


  • The extension has traditional strip foundations, a structural steel frame, precast concrete floors, brick and blockwork walls, with aluminium cladding and double glazed aluminium windows.
  • The work enabled the extension of the library on the ground floor and the museum above in response to growing demand for the study of Greek and Roman classics.
  • Prior to construction R G Carter decanted the departments staff and equipment in to specialist temporary accommodation in the centre of the complex, before managing the works around them.


  • The museum currently holds approximately 450 examples and is home to some of the few surviving collections of plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculptures in the world.

Our Commitment:

  • The faculty is surrounded by other faculties and schools so special consideration had to be made to avoid disruption. This approach involved weekly meetings with all of the stakeholders and site users,
  • The sequencing and programming of operations were altered to lessen the impact of the projects affects on noise, dust and general disruption.

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