Scheme includes new high-tech lab for university’s physics department

A team led by Bouygues UK has won a scheme to carry out work on a new physics laboratory planned by Cambridge University.

The £8.5m deal is for preconstruction work on the laboratory and a neighbouring shared facilities hub which are due to be built on the university’s West Cambridge campus. The Bouygues team includes architects BDP, which is acting as civil and structural engineer, and NBBJ.

Called Cavendish III, the 344,500 sq ft laboratory has been designed by Jestico & Whiles and will house a range of labs and offices as well as a basement area that will feature specialist acoustic and vibration treatments to achieve the criteria necessary for operating equipment highly sensitive to vibration. Technical architect is Ch2m.

The hub, which runs across 54,000 sq ft, will include meeting, study and library spaces.

Construction work on the both buildings is due to start in early 2019 and wrap up at the end of 2021.

Bouygues UK, which earlier this month said it had slumped to a near £79m pre-tax loss last year, is currently working on a new home elsewhere in the city for Cambridge Assessment, the university’s international exams group.


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The complex is due to be completed by the end of 2021