The early 16th century Brewhouse was occupied by the Beaumont family while they built the current Master’s Lodge. When that was completed in 1701 the Brewhouse declined in importance, taking up its role as a brewhouse, before standing empty for many years.

How should we use it? A return to brewing would have been fun, but not clearly part of the College’s core mission. On the other hand, under the new Director of Music the choir has grown and flourished but he lacks an office and the choir lack rehearsal space, as do other College singers and instrumentalists. The Brewhouse offers space for all of this and for a small recital room on the first floor. Plans from Giles Quarme & Associates provide for an external staircase to give access to the upper level, with disabled access from a lift at the back. The office for the Director of Music and another practice room will be on the ground floor.  We obtained planning permission earlier this year and have started work using the same contractors who did such an excellent job for us on  Tunwell's Court. As they have meticulously removed the modern cement rendering and other additions they have uncovered more of the building's structural history - aspects of which are covered in this short video.  More pictures of the restoration can be found at 'The Brewhouse'.

The restoration was completed in 2022 and  won two awards at the Greater Cambridge Design and Construction Awards 2022: the best conversion, alteration, or extension of an existing building; and a Craftsmanship Award.

The College still needs support to pay off the costs of this wonderful revival of an intriguing building.