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Building Simulation and Optimization 2018

Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, 11-12 September 2018

Emmanuel College was founded in 1584, on the site of a Dominican priory, by Sir Walter Mildmay, Chancellor of the Exchequer to Elizabeth I. Parts of the monastic buildings remain today: for example the Hall is built on the foundations of the nave of the Dominicans’ church, and the boundary wall to the priory, with its distinctive pitched coping divides the Paddock from Park Terrace. The pond in the Paddock is on the site of the friars’ fishpond.

Please see here for more history of the college.


The city of Cambridge has attractive architecture, both ancient and modern. It also has huge cultural appeal, a wide variety of arts and entertainment and superb shopping facilities. There is a programme of arts and science events all year round, with a range of festivals in summer including the world-famous Cambridge Folk Festival. Today, Cambridge is at the heart of the high-technology centre “Silicon Fen” with its economic strengths from industries such as software and bioscience, with many start-up companies having been spun out of the university. 

For information on things to do and see in Cambridge,

Directions to Emmanuel College:

By Bus

All national bus services currently stop at the main bus station at Drummer Street, a 50m walk from the college.

By Train

Cambridge railway station is located 1km south of the city centre. From there you can either take a taxi or one of the buses which run every 10 minutes and stop at Drummer Street bus station.

There is a frequent train service between Cambridge and London to either King’s Cross Station or Liverpool Street Station. The trip takes about one hour. Trains leave roughly every half hour during the day. Further details available at the National Rail website

On Arrival

Enter the College through the front entrance on St Andrew’s Street. Immediately inside the entrance, on the right, is the Porters’ Lodge which is manned 24 hours a day.

There is very limited car parking at Emmanuel. It is strongly suggested that visitors use public transport rather than a car if at all possible and to contact the college in advance if not. There is a Park and Ride service available. One of the bus stops is very close to the College.

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