A Cambridge College is celebrating the official opening of its latest facilities by welcoming a member of the Royal family on Friday 23 September.
HRH The Duke of Gloucester cut the ribbon at the entrance to Cowan Court as part of a ceremony attended by 130 guests comprising: Fellows and staff, benefactors and alumni.
The Royal party, including Sir Hugh Duberly, the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire and the Duke’s Private Secretary Colonel Alastair Todd, was met by the Master, Dame Athene Donald and other College officers, staff and guests.
The new £10.6m facility provides 68 hotel-standard double en suite bedrooms, in addition to a new multi-purpose meeting space called the Sixties Room, after a group of early students at the College.
Cowan Court, which is named in honour of the Benefactor Michael Cowan, an alumnus of the College, also includes three fully accessible bedrooms for disabled visitors and residents.
The Duke of Gloucester has long-standing connections with Cambridge and gained his Diploma in Architecture from the University in 1969. As a student he was taught by professor Marcial Echenique OBE, Professorial Fellow at Churchill, who was part of the VIP Party to greet him.
Jennifer Brook, bursar, said: “We were delighted to welcome HRH The Duke of Gloucester to carry out the official opening of Cowan Court. It is a fitting celebration to mark the conclusion of this project that has involved many different consultants and contractors, as well as staff here at Churchill. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to its completion and we can all look forward to enjoying its excellent facilities for many years to come.”