Work involves building new library at Magdalene college

From Fellows Garden

Suffolk contractor Cocksedge has begun work on a new Niall McLaughlin Architects-designed library at Magdalene College in Cambridge.

The firm, which is based in Mildenhall, near Bury St Edmunds, has worked for the university before – completing a student accommodation scheme for Jesus College in April last year.

The latest job is for a three-storey library, being built next to the Grade I-listed Pepys Library, that will replace existing facilities currently housed within the Pepys building, which will itself be refurbished via a separate project.

Project manager is Savills with other firms working on the scheme including QS Gleeds with structural engineer Smith & Wallwork and M&E consultant Max Fordham. The new library will include an archive centre, reading rooms and book-lined passageways.

The building’s exterior will feature gabled roofs, bay windows and chimneys to reflect the architecture of the surrounding college premises.

Main Reading Room

How the main reading room will look