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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.

We fulfilled the brief for a versatile conference facility that could be used for dining during the day or evening; the challenge was to design the space and specify suitable FF&E to facilitate two very different room functions.

Modular mobile tables were specified to allow flexibility with numbers for meetings and dining, together with hidden AV and adjustable lighting to suit the mood requirements of the clients.

Our Roles

Full Design Consultancy

Space Planning

3D Visualisation


FF&E Specification

Budget Management

Furniture Procurement

Project Management




St Catharine's College

Trumpington Street | Cambridge