The McGrath Centre

The McGrath Centre is testament to the warmth felt for the College by St Catharine's Members and friends, who, over a period of four years, pledged and donated the entire cost of designing and constructing the Centre.

The McGrath Centre is named in recognition of the major contribution of Sir Harvey McGrath (1971), and brings to St Catharine’s a modern, attractive multi-purpose building in a refurbished Chapel Court, with a foyer area, auditorium, student common room, bar, and meeting areas. 

The McGrath Centre was officially opened on Wednesday 19 June 2013 by The Chancellor of the University, Lord Sainsbury of Turville. The opening events moved through the different spaces of the building, beginning with a drinks reception in Chapel Court and the foyer, followed by an opening ceremony in the main auditorium, and tours of the basement bar. Finally, around 110 Members, guests and Fellows gathered in the Hall for a celebratory luncheon. A truly great day for the College!

In March 2014, the Centre won its category at the Cambridge Design and Construction Awards. The building scooped the prize for Best Alteration or Extension of an Existing Building - a great endorsement of the project.

If you are interested in hiring the McGrath Centre for your event, please see the Conference pages.