Construction work has begun on new sustainable student accommodation for King’s College, University of Cambridge, the first of its kind in the city.

The development, situated in existing College grounds on Cranmer Road, will provide 59 graduate rooms built across two new accommodation buildings to create a unified campus around a shared garden, a short walk from the College’s historic courts.  Within the grounds are two existing buildings.

The student housing will be built to a Passivhaus standard, a sustainable housing initiative, resulting in ultra-low energy buildings which require very little fuel for heating or cooling.

Philip Isaac, the Domus Bursar at King’s College, said:

“We are delighted to have been given permission to develop this sustainable building on College land.  It will provide much-needed accommodation for our graduates and foster the growth of a community spirit on the site.”

R G Carter will be constructing the student accommodation, having become one of the UK’s leading Passivhaus homebuilders, through continued investment, upskilling of its workforce and expertise demonstrated across a number of award winning developments.

John Ford, R G Carter Director and General Manager said:

“We are delighted to collaborate with King’s College on this exciting innovative scheme. Our focus is on delivering a successful project and providing quality sustainable accommodation that will serve students for many years to come.”

Each accommodation block will reflect the surroundings in a contemporary way.  Cranmer Villa will incorporate red brick walls, clay roof tiles and stone windows that reflects a style with neighbouring buildings. The Garden building has been designed to blend into the conservation of the area, with a glazed terracotta cladding and a sustainable ‘green’ roof.

It is expected that students will take up occupation in Autumn 2019.