Morgan Sindall makes headway on £4 million Møller Centre expansion project
Morgan Sindall is making progress on a £4 million project to expand the prestigious Møller Centre, a dedicated residential executive training and conference centre, at Churchill College, University of Cambridge.
The Møller Centre was founded in 1992 after a generous donation by the A.P. Møller & Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation, a Danish institution which makes contributions to good causes, especially those involving national heritage, shipping, industry and science.
The centre currently has 71 bedrooms, a 100-seat tiered lecture theatre and 23 meeting rooms, with networking and catering facilities. The project will involve the construction of an additional 21 bedrooms, and the expansion of the existing catering, office and meeting areas to meet growing demand.
Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller - the son and successor of A.P. Møller - was keen to support a development at Churchill College because of the College's tradition of excellence in the fields of science and engineering and in memory of Winston Churchill. He felt that Denmark's safety during the Second World War and prosperity afterwards, had depended on Churchill's personal involvement. When war broke out, Maersk ships were turned over to the British authorities to assist in the war effort, and Churchill was swift to ensure the company was paid compensation at the end of the war.
The extension to the Møller Centre, which is built in the shape of a ship in recognition of its maritime links, will be designed to blend in with the existing building through the use of high quality, sustainable materials that match the original design of the centre.
Bob Ensch, area director for Morgan Sindall, said: “We are delighted with the work already undertaken on the project which, when completed, will play an important role as a resource for both the University and the international business community.
“The Møller Centre is a truly impressive building and the extension project, which the Morgan Sindall team is constructing, will blend in seamlessly with the existing centre, ensuring that the building’s distinctive design is preserved for posterity.”
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