KJ Tait

Stapleford Granary, Cambridge

The ACE Foundation
Heritage/Arts & Community
Project team
Hopkins Architects

The ACE Foundation is a Cambridge based charity with the aim of encouraging and developing cultural understanding and providing support for educational projects, courses and summer schools, both locally and internationally.


The Foundation purchased a Victorian farm in 2009 on the outskirts of Cambridge with the vision of creating an inspiring space for education, culture, music and the arts. This project was about creating a home for the Foundation within the precious and characterful setting of the reenergised farm and granary, a place to provide facilities for events and courses, a sustainable working environment for the study tour team and importantly a focal point and accessible amenity for the community both locally and regionally.

KJ Tait were appointed on the second phase works to complete the refurbishment and add new build elements to connect the Granary with a new glazed linking structure to an existing barn which has been converted into office space. The link acts as a foyer, gathering space and gallery space.  A dilapidated cart lodge has become a space for a ceramics and jewellery studio.


KJ Tait implemented a low energy solution, utilising natural ventilation throughout. We were appointed from Concept Design Stage through to completion and provided a full design service on the Traditional contract.


The project won a RIBA East Award and was a regional finalist in the Civic Trust Awards.