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Saunders Boston Architects designs extension to its own Cambridge headquarters

It has worked on the design of the University of Cambridge Veterinary School Hospital, the Science Centre at Anglia Ruskin University and The Future Business Centre on King’s Hedges Road.

But for one of its latest projects, Saunders Boston Architects needed to look no further than its own building.

How Saunders Boston Architects expanded headquarters in Cambridge will look (22895520)
How Saunders Boston Architects expanded headquarters in Cambridge will look (22895520)

The Cambridge company has designed an extension to its headquarters on the junction overlooking the Elizabeth Way roundabout.

The firm has received planning approval for the office expansion, which is needed to accommodate its growing team as its list of clients continues to grow.

Martin Lindus, director at Saunders Boston Architects said: “Saunders Boston Architects has designed many notable buildings in Cambridge, so it is particularly rewarding to be able to design an extension to our own base here – underlining our intentions for the practice’s next 50 years in Cambridge, and all those that follow.”

The expansion gives the company scope to increase its headcount in Cambridge.

John Blair, director at Saunders Boston Architects, said: “The recently approved extension to our Cambridge office not only highlights our commitment to the city, but also to the architects that want to work and develop their careers here.

“As a local employer, we are looking forward to having the capacity and space to continue to train bright young architects, hire the best architectural talent and grow as a practice over the coming years.”

The company recently celebrated 50 years of practice in Cambridge and 100 years since its foundation.

Formed after the First World War by the notable architect CH James, the firm was called James & Bywater until the early 1960s. It was renamed Saunders Boston Architects in 1963 and Peter Boston established the Cambridge office in 1968.

For its centenary celebrations last year, the firm unveiled a new brand image and announced continuing investment into architectural technology, such as 3D design, building information modelling and VR technology.

Recent projects have included designing 17 retirement apartments, which have planning approval, forHousing21 at its Blackett-Ord Court site in Royston and, as the Cambridge Independent reported last week, work on the revamped Newmarket Leisure Centre, which will feature new soft play facilities, an improved fitness suite, additional studio space and better catering facilities.

The practice, which also has an Exeter office, works nationwide in sectors including education, science, interiors, residential, retirement living and care and sport and leisure.

In October, the company scooped Civic Building of the Year 2019 and the Community Award at the Society for Public Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Surveying (SPACES) Awards 2019, for its design of Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre in Romford, Essex.

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