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Cambridge Judge Business School

Trumpington Street, Cambridge

University of Cambridge, Judge Business School was established in 1990 as the Judge Institute of Management Studies, a focal point for management teaching and research in the University.


With floating staircases and the balconies in the Gallery, arranged rather like opera boxes, John Outram's vision of a space for interaction and collaboration can be seen at its best. The impetus for incorporating large break-out areas originally came from Sir Paul Judge, who wanted the interior of the School to stimulate a networking environment.  It is one of these break-out areas, known as the Common Room that Ralph & Smith were invited to pitch a scheme for re-designing and specifying new furniture for this focal point of the school.

We were delighted to be awarded this tender, by hitting their brief, which included keeping an element of the traditional style cafe tables and chairs, that had worked so well over the years, whilst being challenged to introduce new furniture concepts such as high tables and stools, bench dining sets and a mixture of lounge style seating with laptop tables.  Colours and finishes were carefully and sympathetically chosen to compliment the listed interior.

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