Work began on the expansion of the Cambridge Judge buildings in 2015 with a view to the new building being opened in 2017.
Why does Cambridge Judge need new buildings?
The School is bursting at the seams. At the moment, 30 per cent of our degree programme lectures and 65 per cent of our Executive Education programmes take place in other locations around Cambridge. Almost one in three members of faculty and over 30 members of staff have offices in buildings other than the main CJBS building or Keynes House.
Cambridge Judge is a collaborative community, but we don’t currently have a shared experience of the working and learning environment.
Christoph Loch, Director of CJBS
This project aspires to bring all of our activities under one roof and also to give us flexibility and a degree of control that will allow us to grow our activities.
This is a copy of a presentation on display in the lobby of Cambridge Judge Business School:
We are a collaborative community, currently without a shared experience of the working and learning environment.
The expansion project will provide a collaborative and interactive environment that we very much need in order to embark on the next 25 years of our journey, enabling our aspiration to be one of the world’s best business schools.
This will be a big building project taking place on a constrained inner city site which we know will cause disruption to us and our neighbours once demolition and construction commence.
The end result will be the exceptional facilities, built in accordance with sustainability targets that we need here at Cambridge Judge as we embark on the second 25 years of our existence and our aspiration to become one of the world’s very best business schools.
What will be included in the site expansion?
A comprehensive site Master Plan was published in December 2013 which details our overall vision for the Old Addenbrookes site on which we are situated. That plan encompasses two main phases of development and we are currently only planning the first phase, which will meet our priority needs.
The main focus of the project is the development of a large building on the rear of the site replacing the existing student hostels on Tennis Court Road. This facility will provide world-class teaching facilities for executive-level programmes, two raked teaching spaces for degree programmes and a combination of open plan and individual offices and meeting rooms and significantly enhanced dining facilities which will allow members of the Cambridge Judge community to enjoy the Cambridge tradition of shared dining in a way that has not been historically possible. The first phase should also include some refurbishment of Keynes House and the creation of a bridge between Keynes House and the main CJBS building.
How will this project be paid for?
Phase 1 of the project is currently estimated to cost £32 million to construct plus a further £2 million to fit the building out.
We are extremely grateful to The Monument Trust, for their exceptionally generous gift of £13 million to support this project. The donation follows a founding gift of £5 million in 1991 by the Trusts' founder, the late Simon Sainsbury. That donation helped to establish Cambridge Judge Business School (originally the Judge Institute of Management Studies) in our current building. The new building will be named The Simon Sainsbury Centre in his honour.
The Monument Trust have continued their commitment to the School beyond Simon's lifetime with this remarkable donation. The Fitzwilliam Museum is also one of the major beneficiaries of the Trust. The remainder of the costs will be met through a combination of a loan from the University and philanthropic support.