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‘Very special occasion’

Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of construction on Cambridge Judge Business School expansion project.

CJBS Director Christoph Loch and University VC Sir Leszek Borysiewicz break ground at the School's building site

CJBS Director Christoph Loch and University VC Sir Leszek Borysiewicz at the groundbreaking ceremony

A groundbreaking ceremony was held 26 November to mark the start of the construction phase of the £32 million expansion project of Cambridge Judge Business School, which is due for completion in 2017. This year is the 25th anniversary year for Cambridge Judge.

“This is a very special occasion,” said Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. “25 years ago it was a dream that we would set up a business school here that is distinctive and different.”

The new 4,790-square-metre Simon Sainsbury Centre, which will include new lecture theatres, seminar rooms and dining facilities, will help further “the integration of the business school into everything the University does,” he said.

Work began in July to prepare the site for construction of the new building, which is supported in part by a generous donation from the Monument Trust, whose founder Simon Sainsbury was one of the business school’s original benefactors a quarter-century ago.

The new building, designed by London architects Stanton Williams, will sit directly behind the former Addenbrooke’s Hospital building that now houses Cambridge Judge. The expansion will provide world-class teaching and conferencing facilities that will benefit all parts of Cambridge Judge and the wider Cambridge community, including housing the School’s Executive Education division.

“This is incredibly important to the business school,” said Christoph Loch, Director of Cambridge Judge. “This building project will be transformative to what we are doing, and will contribute to us being able to be the intellectual community we aspire to be.”