Our Cambridge office opened in Grantchester in 2001. After five years, we outgrew the space and moved into a larger office, nearer Cambridge station. Continued growth in numbers and projects led to the Cambridge office relocating, in 2014, to St Andrew’s House on St Andrew’s Street, one of the main thoroughfares in Cambridge city centre.


Suite 3, St Andrew's House
59 St Andrew's Street
Cambridge CB2 3BZ

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+44 (0)1223 240 155

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The street entrance of St Andrew's House, the Max Fordham Cambridge office

Our Cambridge office

We've been in Cambridge for over 20 years. We're local, we understand the city, we've worked with the university and many of the colleges, and we understand the planning context. We see ourselves as custodians of the beautiful ancient buildings in this city that we call home.

Our Cambridge office was originally established to work alongside the colleges of Cambridge and with the university itself, but we also work on many projects across the wider county and the UK. Our projects have won some of the most prestigious awards in architecture and engineering, including the RIBA Stirling Prize, several RIBA National and RIBA East Awards, and honours at the CIBSE Building Performance Awards.

The office numbers just over 20 people, including MEP engineers, Passivhaus consultants, Sustainability consultants, and an office manager.

Our focus is on helping our clients respond to the climate emergency, whether that's reducing energy consumption by 80% at the Grade I-listed Trinity College New Court, sensitively designing photovoltaics for the Grade I-listed King’s College Chapel roof, or devising strategic decarbonisation plans for Jesus College and Queens’ College.

We are at the forefront of environmentally conscious building design and designing buildings that demonstrably deliver low-energy performance, from the first large-scale Passivhaus student accommodation project in Cambridge (Cranmer Road for King’s College) to the latest and largest to date at Lucy Cavendish College.

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Creating a sustainable office

St Andrew’s House has been our home since 2014. Over the years we have made numerous improvements to improve the space and reduce its environmental impact.

We greatly improved the thermal performance the addition of cavity insulation and secondary glazing, which enabled us to strip out the existing heating installation. An innovative ceiling constructed provides good thermal properties, acts as acoustic absorption, and helps distribute fresh air into the office space. Removable secondary glazing panels provide enhanced insulation in winter but allow the office to be naturally cross-ventilated in summer. We also designed our own desks to suit our needs and built them from readily available, cost-effective materials. 

As with all offices, we have a green lease with our landlord and an in-house energy champion to monitor and reduce energy consumption, and plenty of greenery in the office to increase the connection to nature.

Sustainable travel

Most people who work in our offices travel on foot, by bike, or on public transport - these are the most sustainable ways to get around. We hope this will encourage all of our visitors to also travel to our offices in the most sustainable way possible.

Our Cambridge office is a 20-minute walk from Cambridge Central Station. Cycle hire and accessories are available at the station. There are public cycle racks two minutes from our office and private cycle racks in the office courtyard.

The whole area, including the station, is well served by Stagecoach bus routes, Citilink buses, and Park & Ride bus routes.

Accessibility information

We are located on the 3rd floor of St Andrew's House. The entrance is via the main doors on St Andrew’s Street. There are also two fire exits located at the rear of the building.

The building has a lift that allows access to all floors and an accessible toilet and shower on the 3rd floor. All suites have access to a communal kitchen and male and female WCs, with extra showers located on the 1st floor.

2024 RIBA National Award Homerton College Dining Hall, University of Cambridge
2024 RIBA East Award Homerton College Dining Hall, University of Cambridge
2023 RIBA East Award Cranmer Road, King's College, University of Cambridge
2023 Cambridge Design & Construction Awards Homerton College Dining Hall, University of Cambridge Best New Building Over £2M - Winner
2023 Cambridge Design & Construction Awards The Entopia Building The David Mackay Award for Engineering and Sustainability
2022 RIBA Stirling Prize Magdalene College New Library, University of Cambridge
2022 Architecture Today Awards Trinity College New Court, University of Cambridge Editor's Award