Whittle Laboratory

University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering

Saunders Boston were appointed by University of Cambridge’s Estate Management to design two extensions for the Whittle Laboratory on their 'West Cambridge' site.  The main extension is to the High Speed Laboratory, forming a large space to house rigs and wind tunnels to test thermodynamics of all types of turbo machinery.

The space requires large volumes of air to be moved through the laboratory space, which has created a specific aesthetic, echoing the aerospace technologies which are being developed by the department.  The office extension created new office and seminar spaces to the rear of the complex, built in a style in keeping with the original buildings character.

Images courtesy of University of Cambridge

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