The Architecture Project with Impington Village College

The Architecture Project with Impington Village College

What should buildings look like in 2050?  As part of a Heritage Lottery Project at Impington Village College, RIBA East has organised for five architects to go into all primary schools in the catchment area of the College.  Two hundred and eight pupils are currently taking part in workshops, which provide an amazing opportunity for young people to understand modernism and some of the concepts that drove the movement.  They discuss design, the development of communities, and think about what makes up their built environment and how to make it sustainable for the future.  

The students are producing stunning 3D models which will form part of a major exhibition and special event at Impington Village College on 13 -14th September 2014, celebrating 75 years of village college life.  

These workshops form just one of a number of activities taking place at the college. RIBA East is holding four sixth-form Architecture Debates, to which all Cambridge city sixth formers will be invited, a Year 7 workshop in the autumn, a community workshop during the celebratory weekend as well as advising on speakers for a formal fundraising lecture.  Modernist expert Alan Powers, will speak on 25 October 2014 at the college.

Impington Village College received a grant of £100,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a significant project linked to the main Grade 1 Listed building.  RIBA East advised on the steering group of mixed professionals and provided support to the school to make this bid.  The Gropius Project will centre on some important repair and restoration work to the main building.  This has been planned to coincide with the 75th Anniversary of Impington Village College.

A huge thank you to all the architects, advisors and volunteers in the East region who have given their time and expertise to make this amazing project possible!

Further details for all these events can be found at or contact Delyth Turner-Harriss on 01223 566285 or

Posted on Wednesday 2nd July 2014