“Storey’s Field Centre aims to fulfil the ambitions expressed in its unique architecture, reflecting the aspirations of the communities it serves, where a vibrant cultural and social life inspires a sense of community and wellbeing”
Storey’s Field Centre is a landmark building in Eddington, a newly developed district in the north west of Cambridge on a triangle of land between Huntingdon Road, M11 and A14. The vision for Eddington is to create a new settlement with strong links to existing neighbourhoods, ambitious in scope and scale with a vibrant, active community and with a strong emphasis on sustainability running throughout the whole development. Storey’s Field Centre is a key part of the vision for Eddington offering a space for the community to come together with people from Cambridge and the surrounding area.
The Centre, which has been designed by McInnes Usher McKnight Architects (MUMA), will be open to the public in Autumn 2017. It is intended that the Community Centre will be open and welcoming, providing a range of flexible spaces that will cater for a variety of uses and residents’ needs.
The initial brief to the architects – MUMA – was that this space should host a wide range of activities from theatre shows to fitness classes, from bingo nights to art shows, parent and toddler coffee mornings to tea dances and from chamber music concerts to local rock band nights. Acoustic design plays a large part in the look and feel of the building. The hall’s design and proportions are based on Cambridge’s college chapels and great halls. This means that the natural acoustic of the hall is stunning making it perfect for chamber and choral music. Specially designed motorised acoustic banners can drop down from the ceiling to line the highly reflective walls to enhance spoken word and amplified music events. Complete with demountable staging, 48 way lighting system, column array sound reinforcement and high quality laser projector to enable a wide range of performances and conferences to take place. The main hall can seat up to 180 people with a sprung dance floor, a balcony and some dedicated storage. This hall will suit a range of uses from classical concerts to conferences, gigs to dance classes, ‘Jazzercise’ to Woodcraft folk, film clubs to fashion shows, weddings to art displays.
The hall is supported by two smaller rooms which are acoustically separate and able to host a rock band practice in one room whilst offering a tranquil yoga class or resident’s meeting in another. The first of these two rooms will hold 75 people seated and is double height with a sprung floor, perfect for a lively dance or drama class. This room is lined with oak panels and features a picture hanging system for art shows as well as a small PA, projector and screen for presentation events. This room also features a private courtyard revealed by a floor to ceiling windows.
The third and final room is a smaller space ideal for meetings and workshops seating over 20 but equally well appointed with speakers and projector. Both of these rooms have a small kitchenette for drinks making and the two rooms connect up to be used as dressing rooms for larger performances offering the cast entry to the stage unseen by the audience.
Storey’s Field Centre has an exceptional level of design and build quality with oak and birch lined walls, stunning brickwork and thoughtful architecture mixed with a determination to achieve the highest rating for sustainability. BREEAM rated Storey’s Field Centre as Outstanding.