Plans submitted for the expansion and redesign of Pembroke College in Cambridge have been approved by the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Authority as part of wider area regeneration around Darwin College, Queen’s College, and Pembroke College, where the city meets the river.

The site is part of the wider Mill Lane redevelopment, and comprises over 40 buildings, many of which are listed, and backs onto the River Cam, in one of the most historic parts of the city, with the scheme wanting to bring a new lease of life into old buildings no longer being used for their intended purpose, whilst creating new spaces in the areas surrounding them.

Plans see the demolition of a 1930s lecture block which will be replaced with student accommodation: the redevelopment creating 94 new residential units for students in total. Miller’s yard will also see a transformation, with the old courtyard being retained, but the old entrance arches being glazed to create an entrance to the new accommodation behind.

The listed Emmanuel United Reformed Church will also be converted to a space for music, lectures and performance, benefitting both the college and the public.

Other changes include the creation of a new lane from Silver Street to Mill Lane to create access to the Old Mill buildings, Pitt Court being transformed from a car park into a landscaped public space, and the entrance to Pembroke College moving to Trumpington Street.

The regeneration seeks to improve an important part of the city, preserving its heritage whilst creating new spaces for both the college and the public, whilst also improving the surrounding infrastructure, taking full advantage of this unique opportunity, whilst bringing the area a new lease of life.

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