The Campaign for Old Court

Progress updates

For more about the objectives of the campaign and to see a virtual tour of the new spaces that are being created in Old Court, click here.

February 2021

Heavy demolition has been carried out in the North Passage and River Wing, the site of the future River Room Cafe.
Drainage works have been completed, and the basement walls are being underpinned to secure the structure.
The team is carrying out brick cleaning and repairs to the North facade.

Demolition being carried out in the future River Room cafe

North Passage

Fireplaces being uncovered in H staircase

Old structures in the North Passage will be cleared to make way for a new lift connecting the Buttery to the SCR

North Passage looking towards Trinity Lane

The temporary bridge across the Cam to facilitate construction

View of the River Room site and temporary bridge from the roof

Demolition being carried out in the future River Room cafe

North Passage

Fireplaces being uncovered in H staircase

Old structures in the North Passage will be cleared to make way for a new lift connecting the Buttery to the SCR

North Passage looking towards Trinity Lane

The temporary bridge across the Cam to facilitate construction

View of the River Room site and temporary bridge from the roof

Archaeological finds

Working closely with archaeological professionals, the construction team have uncovered several interesting artefacts during the course of the works.

Clare College bowl uncovered in eighteenth-century culvert

Clare College bowl uncovered in eighteenth-century culvert

Mirror fragment uncovered in eighteenth-century culvert

Mirror fragment uncovered in eighteenth-century culvert

Hand-carved wooden pipe uncovered in eighteenth-century culvert

Hand-carved wooden pipe uncovered in eighteenth-century culvert

Stove for warming irons uncovered in blocked chimney place in H staircase, former Master's Lodge laundry facilities

Stove for warming irons uncovered in blocked chimney place in H staircase, former Master's Lodge laundry facilities