GHA has been appointed by an education trust to retrofit a substantial five-storey Victorian townhouse on Brookside in central Cambridge.

The 1870s dwelling has been converted and altered into apartments throughout the 20th Century, most recently by a Cambridge College, but some period features remain.

It is not listed but sits within the New Town area of the Cambridge Central Conservation Area, adjacent to Hobson’s Brook.

Constructed in traditional creamy Cambridge gault brick, the mid-terrace dwelling consists of an elevated ground floor, with lower ground floor exposed to the street and rear garden via light wells. There are four storeys above ground; the third floor is a converted attic space with four dormer windows.

GHA will fully refurbish the accommodation for students and fellows, including internally insulating the external fabric, restoring and replacing internal finishes, and upgrading the glazing, electrics, heating system, ventilation, and lighting.

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