Originally constructed in 1911, the building has served the world-renowned university for over 100 years, becoming a beacon of local history. However, in 2014, with weathering beginning to take its toll on the age-old structure, the iconic building became the object of a major restoration project.
Student home with academic history
The Dokett Building is a site steeped in academic history, and is named after the first President of Queens’ College, Andrew Dokett. This magnificent building is a prominent element of the college’s architecture; it can even be seen from the opposite side of the campus. It provides accommodation for the college’s students. Given the historical importance of the site, at the heart of the University of Cambridge, clay roof tiles, with their unique heritage aesthetic, were the natural choice for replacing the roof.
Renovation and modernisation
The roofing contractors were tasked with stripping and re-covering the entire 100 year-old roof. One of the main reasons the roof needed replacing was that it hadn’t been updated in decades. The accommodation needed to be drastically modernised, so new dormers were created to allow for ventilation and new bathrooms.
Improving thermal efficiency
The roofing solution needed have a similar aesthetic to an adjacent building, which had been renovated as part of an earlier restoration in 2005. By using an equal mix of clay roof tiles in traditional shades, the developers succeeded in creating a new roof that was an incredibly close match with the surrounding buildings. Furthermore, the superior heat retention qualities of natural clay mean that the thermal efficiency of the building was also improved.
Project nameDokett Building, Queens’ College, Cambridge, UK
ArchitectBB+C Architects Limited
Keymer Traditional Elizabethan and Antique roof tiles
Year of completion2015