Building will be a burden

February 14, 1997

Cambridge University's 150-acre expansion masterplan has run into difficulty, with one senior academic dismissing proposed building programmes as "wildly impractical".

Oliver Rackham, a botanist at Corpus Christi, told colleagues in the Senate House that the "ever-growing extent of new building will be a heavy burden". He cites the expensive maintenance costs of "buildings in the modernistic style". The History Building and Churchill College, he said, have needed major restorations in less than 30 years.

Vice chancellor Alec Broers unveiled a 25-year "masterplan" for a new engineering and science campus on the university's West Cambridge site two weeks ago.

Peter Carolin, professor of architecture, who had also expressed reservations, gave the plans his backing. "It is a very appropriate solution which grows up out of Cambridge as we know it."

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns