Goodbye Miller’s Yard, onward to Dolby Court!

Miller’s Yard before demolition, with Old Orleans‘ memorable green doors

In February 2022, Pembroke’s contractors began the demolition of Miller’s Yard. You may remember frequenting this courtyard when it was the location of some of Cambridge’s hidden gems – the beloved noodle bar, Dojo, and its not quite so beloved neighbour Old Orleans, home of Cajun cooking in Cambridge. Rest assured, the iconic The Mill pub won’t be going anywhere.

The area formerly known as Miller’s Yard will be flanked by a new auditorium on Mill Lane for lectures and performances. This is due to be completed in early 2023. Looking onto Mill Lane itself, there will be a new, bigger and better gym, which is great news for the various Pembroke sports clubs and part of our “healthy body, healthy mind” commitment.

The old Miller’s Yard area will also provide much-needed additional bicycle access as well as a dedicated pick-up / drop-off area for students at the beginning and end of term, happy news for those who have experienced the bottleneck on Tennis Court Road at the very back of College every October and June.

Post demolition in June 2022, bricks were preserved and repurposed for the new site

By demolishing Miller’s Yard, the construction team were able to access the University’s old 1930’s lecture block, the mention of which may send shivers down the spines of many former students as the memories of exam horrors past come flooding back. We are happy to share the news of the subsequent demolition of the aforementioned Mill Lane lecture block, and prompt, we trust, a cathartic cheer from many readers.

The College is delighted at this significant step closer to the construction of Dolby Court and the main site, ready for the public in 2024.