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The John Bradfield Room, which opened in 2019, has been shortlisted by the Royal Institute of British Architects for this year’s East of England RIBA Awards. It was designed for the College by Allies and Morrison.

Celebrating architecture which creates “characterful places of lasting value”, the shortlist brings together 17 projects in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, including buildings at Homerton, King’s, Lucy Cavendish, Trinity Hall and St Catharine’s colleges.

As the Senior Bursar of Trinity College, Sir John Bradfield was instrumental in the foundation of Darwin in 1964 and, as an Honorary Fellow, he remained actively involved with the College until his death in 2014. The building which bears his name provides a light-filled, freestanding, multifunctional space, whose pitched roof echoes that of the neighbouring Malting House, in daily use for lectures, meetings and gatherings of all kinds.

BBC coverage of the nominations.

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