New buildings at Trinity College
The new buildings have been designed in a restrained classical manner, adding to the well established and distinctive architectural character of the surrounding area. The buildings are in two parts that share a common core, resulting in a compact plan and an overall scale that sits comfortably with its neighbours and with the listed buildings in the adjoining Conservation Area. The site is an extremely important historic feature of the College and the impact of the new building has been very carefully considered. The south wall of the garden is Grade II listed and thought to date from the 18th Century. The buildings contain a theatre for 200 people; a reception area designed as an orangery with views out to the gardens; teaching rooms; 30 en suite study bedrooms; kitchens; space for ancillary services and a basement for plant and storage. A heavy masonry building will offer opportunities for excellent sustainable credentials – the integration of appropriate green technology can then meet the residual energy demand. The new buildings have stone-faced elevations finished in a honey coloured ashlar limestone to match that used elsewhere in the College, and a pitched slate-covered roof.