St John’s College – New Buttery Dining Room, Café and Bar

April 24, 2023 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Elena Hall, Jesus College, Cambridge

In recent years there have been numerous projects for Cambridge Colleges (planned, in progress and completed) that reconfigure historic community dining spaces to respond to contemporary ways of catering, eating, drinking and socialising. These projects face the complex challenges of achieving accessible, energy efficient and low carbon accommodation within protected heritage settings.

This event frames the recently completed New Buttery Dining Room, Café and Bar at St John’s College as an example of this type of project. The scheme represents the first major step in response to a recognised need to provide an inclusive, supportive, and energising social space at the centre of the campus. Presentations, followed by a Q+A, will provide detailed insight into the project – including the brief, design, consents process, detailing and specialist timber superstructure.

Speakers include:

Paula Mejia-Wright: MCW Architects

Zoe Skelding: Purcell

Simon Smith: Smith and

The evening will commence at 6pm with a drinks reception, followed by the presentation.

At the end of the presentation there will also be a chance to network with colleagues, etc