University of Cambridge receives approval for $114.3m research building

WCN Editorial Team 3 Feb 2016 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The University of Cambridge has secured planning consent for a new £79m ($114.3m) research facility.

The development, known as Project Capella, will be delivered by Kier.


Designed by The Fairhursts Design Group, the six-storey building will be located adjacent to the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute within the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.


It will cover an area of 18,000 sq m, featuring modern research laboratories, and office and meeting spaces.


The facility will comprise a two-storey glazed box featuring gold metal detailing and double height entrance foyer, with the spine clad in a flat-faced graphite panel.


The development will also feature a green screen to enhance the Oval, which is a public area adjacent to the development, and a timber frame structure with a green wildflower blanket roof to offer 324 cycle spaces on site.


The project is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2018.


Kier project lead Shak Chowdhury said: “Project Capella is a great example of how lean construction techniques can be used in the development of a project to get it from the drawing board and into construction in the shortest timeframe.


“The university is one of our longest-standing clients, having first worked together in 1996. Collaboration has always been key to the long-term success of this relationship, and once again it’s this teamwork by all involved that has formed the successful foundations for Project Capella, our 23rd scheme together.”

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