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14 October, 2018 - 17:03 By Kate Sweeney

Cambridge architect celebrates centenary

Saunders Boston Architects celebrated 100 years of business with a retrospective and future gazing look at its journey through the past century and into the next 100 years and launched new branding at the Fisher Building in St John’s College, Cambridge - a Saunders Boston Architects’ project from 1989.

Director John Blair said: “For 100 years we have placed emphasis on building personal relationships with our clients and producing bespoke solutions. 

“The result is an enviable reputation and a strong portfolio of unique projects that will make a difference to people and society long into the future.

“We are proud of our heritage but we are not bound by it and whilst the current directors and staff will continue to reflect the ethos of Saunders Boston Architects we will not be defined by it as we aim to constantly improve what we do and the service we offer.”

The practice, which has been located in Cambridge for the last 50 years, was formed after the First World War by the notable architect CH James. 

It is now 60 people strong and designs and delivers inspirational buildings and environments for sectors including education, higher education and science, residential, retirement living and care and sport and leisure. 
Notable projects include: Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre, the University of Cambridge Veterinary School Hospital, the Colchester Institute, the Science Centre at Anglia Ruskin University, Spillers Mill and the Office of Post-Doctoral Affairs Centre.

Fellow director Nick Green said: “The history of the practice is defined by a quiet modesty focusing on considered work defined by the people that use and enjoy our buildings. 

“Whether this is through the sensitive garden city inspired residential work of the 1920s, the grand civic buildings of the 1930s and 1940s, or the richly detailed work of the 1970s and 1980s. This thread of accomplished, attentive design runs through all of our past, current and future work.” 

Examining the impact that technology has had, and will have, on the industry, and demonstrating the practice’s approach through the use of 3D design, building information modelling and VR technology, director Nathan Swift said: “Architecture requires immense vision; as such, translating ideas into designs for clients can sometimes prove tricky. However, VR technology is revolutionising architecture by allowing virtual buildings to be experienced from the inside out, making designs accessible and understandable to everyone, not just those who are regularly reading plans.”

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Directors of Saunders Boston Architects (L – R) Nick Green, Martin Lindus, Nathan Swift, John Blair and Darren Heffer

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