St Catharine's College


GSS Architecture


Building Services & Environmental Design



Community Residential

Sherlock Court

OR Consulting were employed to undertake a masterplan design study for the refurbishment of Sherlock Court, which forms part of St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge.

Sherlock Court is comprised of a number of listed buildings which have been connected to provide student accommodation, Master’s accommodation and retail units.

To realise the client’s brief OR Consulting developed design measures to:

  • Improve the passive energy performance of the building envelope.
  • Improve the energy performance of the active building systems (i.e. heating, lighting, hot water services, etc.).
  • Reduce the building’s carbon emissions.
  • Rationalise and upgrade all mechanical plant.
  • Upgrade Sherlock Court’s utility infrastructure.
  • Upgrade and rationalise all electrical, mechanical and domestic water services distribution, to improve the reliability, resilience and energy performance of all systems.
  • Upgrade all lighting installations to radically improve the aesthetic and energy performance of the installed systems.
  • Introduce additional toilet and shower facilities.