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"Ralph + Smith went through a very competitive tendering process to be awarded the contract as interior designers for our Central Spaces project at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. As well as providing the overall interior design for spaces, they procured some beautiful furniture for us and navigated some interesting challenges.

It is not always easy to find consensus when seeking decisions in the Collegiate environment, but Chloe and Claire showed patience and tenacity and found the right balance with some schemes that we would never have come up with without their skills."

Helen Hayward | Operations Director | St Catharine’s College

Ralph + Smith were awarded the Central Spaces interior design and FF&E contract after a vigorous competitive design process for the ‘new’ Sydney Smith Room.

Sustainability was the main consideration for our dining room brief. We were asked to refurbish the existing dining room tables in keeping with the architect's specification for the new dining hall.

We project managed the joinery works in stages to allow the College dining function to continue through the process.

Our Roles

Space Planning


FF&E Specification

Budget Management

Furniture Procurement

Project Management




St Catharine's College

Trumpington Street | Cambridge