John Bradfield Court

John Bradfield Court - a new vision for the future

An architecturally stunning new multi-functional room for students and updated, refurbished student rooms in the Old Granary

Darwin has a charm which derives from being on a tree-lined river bend, with islands and bridges, and punts gliding by. For over fifty years now, generations of students have delighted in Darwin’s tranquil site in the centre of Cambridge. While it is heartening that the numbers of students benefiting from Darwin’s unique character are as strong as ever, our College is at the limit of its existing facilities.

To address this we commissioned architects Allies and Morrison to create a new, architecturally stunning multi-functional pavilion for students to use for lectures, seminars, and social gatherings; and in addition they re-designed the interior layout of the heritage listed 'Old Granary' to provide modern ensuite student rooms, many with river views. The College is rightly very proud of this project which is focused entirely on the needs of our growing student body.

Construction work started on the Old Granary in September 2017 with completion scheduled for October 2018.

Funding this ambitious project

The response to the College’s request for donations in support of the project has been magnificent.  The appeal for £500,000 was launched in early 2016 and in just 18 months we reached and exceeded our target.

We thank Trinity College for its support with the matching of the donations made, pound for pound, and with a further £1m gift. We are delighted that this scheme to remember Sir John Bradfield – Senior Bursar of Trinity College and the prime mover in the foundation of Darwin and its growth in the first 50 years – is moving rapidly towards realisation.  This would not have happened without the very prompt and generous giving by our alumni and friends.  The College is deeply grateful.

The good news is that we have now exceeded our target, however you can still get involved and make a donation. All monies received will go directly to conserving and re-developing the Old Granary, and to the new pavilion space.

 To Donate

You can make a single gift or donate regularly every month.  You can give securely on-line via The Charities Aid Foundation using the button beneath the heading 'Supporting Darwin' on the right.                                                    

Donate £100 or more (as a single or regular gift) and you will be invited to the Grand Opening.

Donate £10,000 or more and your name will be inscribed in perpetuity in tribute to your generosity. 

Building work has just commenced, we will post video and photos as it progresses.....



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