Jesus College in Cambridge has been celebrating with a topping out ceremony for its new conference facilities.
College Master professor Ian White presided over the ceremony at the top of the new entrance building on Jesus Lane. He laid the final stone before being presented with a commemorative engraved bricklayer’s trowel by Cocksedge Building Contractors.
Jesus College embarked on the West Court development in 2014 when it bought the Grade-II listed buildings from its neighbours Wesley House. These have now been refurbished and reconfigured to provide additional facilities.
The facilities include a lecture hall equipped with the latest communications technology, and able to seat up to 190 delegates.
There is also a dedicated events space, a café with an outside terrace and 30 hotel-standard bedrooms.
The college’s Webb Library can be used for a wide range of events from drinks receptions for 150 people to lectures for 75. And Bawden Room can be used for smaller meetings and receptions. With a new kitchen installed close by, the oak panelled Dining Room can seat up to 60 guests for dinner.
Estates bursar of Jesus College, Christopher Pratt, added: “The new Lecture Hall with its state-of-the-art AV will be of particularly interest to conference and events delegates, as will the stunning events spaces and hotel-standard bedrooms available all year-round. Clients who have visited us over the last year and seen the new facilities taking shape are already keen to hold events here.”
Caption: Topping Out at Jesus College’s West Court development, L-R: Steve Nugent, Cocksedge MD; professor Ian White, master of Jesus College; and Christopher Pratt, estates bursar.