The University of Cambridge has selected construction specialist Bouygues to support its plans to build new Cavendish physics laboratory for its scientific research.
Bouygues UK, along with group company Bouygues Energies & Services and design partners NBBJ and BDP will provide consultancy support to the University of Cambridge’s existing project team to develop proposals for the physics laboratory and a neighbouring shared facilities hub.
Lynxvale Limited, the development arm of the University of Cambridge, has awarded Bouygues UK an £8.5m professional services contract to provide preconstruction input on these two new buildings on the university’s West Cambridge campus.
Design work for the scheme is expected to last for up to 18 months while the construction is slated to commence in early 2019 with a target completion date of December 2021.
The scheme has been designed by Jestico + Whiles with CH2M, and they remain client side. NBBJ and BDP are taking the design through to completion.
The 344,500 sq ft, Cavendish III laboratory, which will be a purpose-built centre, will feature a number of laboratories, offices, clean rooms, workshops and multiple lecture theatres.
An independent Shared Facilities Hub spreading over an area of 54,000 sq ft will provide catering, collaborative teaching, meeting, study and library spaces to the West Cambridge campus.
Bouygues UK chairman Fabienne Viala said: “We relish technically complex projects and look forward to working with the university’s project team and our partners at NBBJ and BDP to create new facilities that incorporate the stringent criteria required of a physics laboratory that is set to be the base for internationally significant research.”