WYNG Gardens student accommodation opened

WYNG Gardens exterior from Thompson's Lane

WYNG Gardens, Trinity Hall’s new student accommodation block, is now open. The four-storey development on Thompson’s Lane offers 67 en-suite double rooms and five en-suite single rooms for students and a reception and seminar space. The building offers high-spec contemporary interiors designed to be a suitable living and study space for Trinity Hall undergraduates, as well as offering residential conferencing facilities.

The architect for WYNG Gardens is Freeland Rees Roberts, founded by Trinity Hall alumnus Tristan Rees Roberts, who studied architecture at the College in 1967 and who has also designed the College’s Sports Pavilion and Jerwood Library. Tristan Rees-Roberts said: “Our aim for the new building in Thompson’s Lane was to design a good looking, contemporary building which would respond sensitively to its surroundings. The scale and materials of the building were carefully considered to fit into the streetscape and the interior has been designed to give a high standard of accommodation for 72 students, with facilities which will allow use of the public areas for College functions.”

Glen Sharp, Junior Bursar at Trinity Hall, who has overseen the building project, said: “The new building will be an asset to the College, providing us with much-needed, up to date facilities as expected by students today and also allowing us to increase revenue generated through conferencing.”

WYNG Gardens communal area featuring bucket chairs, sofas and a TV screen
WYNG Gardens communal area

Work on the site began in October 2014 with the demolition of the St Clement’s Gardens terraced houses which were in a poor state of repair.

The building has been made possible by a generous donation from the WYNG Foundation. Dr Anthony Ng, a trustee of the Hong Kong based WYNG Foundation said: “By supporting WYNG Gardens, we hope future generations of students will find a comfortable environment at Cambridge to acquire the knowledge to explore and benefit the world.” This donation is part of the WYNG Foundation’s wider commitment to the College and the University. Previously it has enabled the creation of new Fellowships and graduate studentships in the Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences at the University, in partnership with the Hatton Trust and Hong Kong University.

Trinity Hall is grateful for its on-going relationship with the WYNG Foundation. The Master of the College, the Revd Dr Jeremy Morris said: “WYNG Gardens is going to be an exciting addition to the accommodation Trinity Hall can offer to its students. The College is enormously grateful to all of those who have helped with this project, and to the WYNG Foundation, and Tristan Rees Roberts, the architect”.

See the progress of WYNG Gardens in photos on our timeline.