Bouygues to construct physics lab for University of Cambridge

WCN Editorial Team 18 Oct 2018 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Bouygues UK, a British subsidiary of French conglomerate Bouygues Construction, has won a £250m (€281m) contract from Lynxvale, the University of Cambridge’s development arm, for the construction of the university’s Cavendish III physics laboratory and a neighbouring Shared Facilities Hub.

Both facilities have been designed by architect and lead consultant for the buildings Jestico + Whiles.

Cavendish III, a purpose-built laboratory for research for the university’s Department of Physics, will be located on the West Cambridge campus.

The laboratory is intended to bring the large number of research groups in the department together under one roof to encourage collaboration.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has provided £75m for the project.

Jestico + Whiles has been supported by Jacobs as technical architect for the clean rooms and laboratories.

Bouygues UK worked with the university’s project manager, Currie & Brown, and cost consultant AECOM for the contract, and will continue working with NBBJ and BDP to complete the technical design details until the completion of the project.

Ramboll has been appointed as the civil and structural engineer and Hoare Lea as the mechanical and electrical (M&E) engineer. Bouygues Energies & Services will be in charge of the specialist M&E works.

With a gross internal area (GIA) of 354,000ft² (33,000m²), Cavendish III will house laboratories, offices, clean rooms, workshops and multiple lecture theatres.

The basement area will feature specialist acoustic and vibration treatments to achieve the control criteria for operating equipment highly sensitive to vibration.

Bouygues UK chair Fabienne Viala said: “Having collaborated with the university and wider project team to incorporate the stringent criteria required of a physics laboratory where internationally significant research will take place, we are pleased to be bringing this major project to life.”

With a net area of 50,000ft² (4,700m²), the independent Shared Facilities Hub will provide catering, collaborative teaching, meeting, study and library spaces to the West Cambridge campus.

The catering services will include licensed bar/café with a range of food outlets.

The hub will bring together academic, support and research staff with the undergraduate and PhD communities.

Both buildings have been designed to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.

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Image: A rendering of the Shared Facilities Hub. Photo: Courtesy of Bouygues Construction.

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