Architecture

Newnham’s buildings, warm and glowing with red brick. make an immediate impression on any visitor – and our students, staff and Fellows say they are one of the most special aspects of being here.

Newnham College was in the unusual and fortunate position to have had a College architect, Basil Champneys, from the first building on the site in 1875 – ‘Newnham Hall’, now known as Old Hall – to the completion of Peile Hall in 1910. Subsequent distinguished architects have relished the chance to respond to Champney’s designs.

A number of the buildings, both Victorian and modern, are now Grade II* and Grade II Listed. The College sits within the West Cambridge Conservation Area.

Champneys’ work established the precedent for high quality buildings with positive relationships with their landscape context and set the scene for the character of the College today.

The Champneys Buildings

Basil Champneys was Newnham’s architect from 1873 to 1913. During that period, the College grew from the original building “Newnham Hall” to a total of six major buildings, plus the…

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Other Principal Buildings

The College campus comprises its set of historic Champneys Buildings and several other principal buildings which surround the northern (Sidgwick Avenue) end of the gardens and extend along Newnham Walk.…

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Dorothy Garrod Building

The 2018 Dorothy Garrod Building creates a new façade and entrance to the College along Sidgwick Avenue. The Dorothy Garrod Building brings together teaching, research, conference and social space downstairs,…

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