ISG has won a £3m project to redevelop a Grade II listed former Barclay’s Bank in Cambridge for commercial property developer, Wrenbridge.
The contractor will have to break through the 750mm thick concrete bank vault at the historic property as part of a wide-ranging refurbishment that will see ISG convert the building into two ground floor restaurants and three storeys of student accommodation for nearby King’s College.
The two restaurants, which have already been pre-let to restaurant chains ZiZi’s and CAU, will be housed in the ornate former bank, which features an original 18th century embossed ceiling with gold relief. The student accommodation will be created in the office areas above the retail bank, with the original roof structure removed and a steel frame extension providing an additional storey on the building, which incorporates a green sedum planted area.
The design & build project involves retention of the existing façade and reconfiguration of the interior space, including installation of new staircases, two new passenger lifts and a service lift for the restaurants. Several original features of historical interest will be removed during the redevelopment and replaced in the restaurant areas following completion, including an 18th century feature fire place and an original door and frame.
Removal of the bank vault ceiling will enable ISG to lower some floor areas to provide improved working height and greater headroom in some of the adjacent student study bedrooms. Each of the 32 student accommodation units will have en-suite bathroom facilities with internet access and communal kitchen facilities.
ISG’s Phillip Allerton, managing director, East, commented: “This high profile project maximises both the existing building’s aesthetic appeal and its prime location. Working closely with our design partners we have developed a solution that enhances overall capacity within the structure, through the addition of a discreet roof extension, while answering the challenges of an historically protected building.”