Project Description

WJL were appointed this job by Gilbert-Ash to work on the design, manufacture and installation of Echofade® wall panelling and staircases for Croft Gardens student accommodation at King’s College in Cambridge. We were awarded this job based on the work we completed at Roehampton University Library. 

King’s Croft Gardens includes c4,300m2 of postgraduate accommodation comprising 24 college family apartments, 60 graduate rooms and communal facilities, as well as substantial landscaping and external works.

Our teams worked on 4 blocks of the accommodation – block A and B included the installation of two staircases and bespoke wall panelling in the lobbies, block C had two staircases and wall panelling in the corridors, and block D included 1 staircase and wall panelling in the corridors also.


King's Croft Gardens staircaseKing's Croft Gardens windowEvery element installed on this project was completely bespoke – including curved staircase linings, complete with hidden doors and a seamless soffit detail: this was very difficult to achieve, but very rewarding once completed.



Solid oak was used for all the wall panelling, and a mixture of solid oak and veneer was used for the Soffit’s. The look was finished off with the subtleness of balustrades made of glass encased in thick solid oak. The biggest challenge on this project was the increased detailing required by the architect as the project went on. Despite this, we were able to work with the site team to complete an incredibly impressive piece of work and we look forward to collaborating in the future.


To enquire about our acoustic panelling, Echofade® and timber acoustic lining services for your next project, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team today.