Magdalene College Library

To promote a wider understanding and appreciation of the construction industry

Magdelene College

Best New Building (Projects over £2m construction cost)

In this category there are three winning schemes and three commendations.

Client – Magdalene College 

Main Contractor – Cocksedge

Architect – Níall McLaughlin Architects 

Structural Engineer – Smith and Wallwork

M&E and Acoustics – Max Fordham 

Project Manager – Savills

Quantity Surveyor – Gleeds

Building Control & Fire Engineer – MLM

Internal Joinery – Wedd Joinery Limited

Photo © Nick Kane

Judges’ Comments

“The New Library stands at the edge of the Magdalene Fellows’ Garden, creating a new desire line and pulling a lesser used part of the college grounds into its heart.  The building is stunning, its hand-made red bricks carefully chosen to echo the ancient bricks in the two oldest courts, elegant chimneys performing the modern function of air rather than smoke egress; and the finely crafted wood-and-brick, light-filled interior providing a large and delightful variety of spaces. The integration of the natural ventilation is elegant.  Overall, the brief was to challenge while also fitting in, and we congratulate the college on achieving this goal.”