House builders get £40m Cambridge Uni new town deal

The University of Cambridge has awarded contracts to two residential developers, Countryside and Hill, to build the market housing on the North West Cambridge Development.

The combined investment will see the house builders delivering 400 homes in the first phase of the development that will boost the trades and create new jobs.

Brian Nearney, Commercial Director of the North West Cambridge Development said: “Our partnerships with Countryside and Hill mark another major chapter in development.

Both developers have demonstrated to the University that they will create new homes that will meet our objectives of sustainable living and exemplar design. We look forward to working with them in delivering this new quarter of the City.”

All 400 market homes as well as the 700 University key worker homes that are part of the first phase of the development will be designed to high levels of sustainability meeting the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5.

They will be integrated into the Sustainable Urban Drainage System including the UK’s largest non-potable water recycling system, as well as the district heating network, and make extensive use of photovoltaics.

Hill, working with Pollard Thomas Edwards and Alison Brooks Architects, and Countryside, working with Proctor and Matthews Architects, will deliver a mix of housing types, including apartments, terraces, semi-detached and detached houses for the scheme.

Graham Cherry, Chief Executive of Countryside’s New Homes & Communities division said: “We are delighted to have been selected by the University of Cambridge to help create a dynamic new district that will form the next chapter in the evolution of Cambridge.

Working with Proctor and Matthews we will use our design and place making skills to create a quarter that will set new standards for 21st century living.”

Brian Buckingham, Partner of Bidwells said: “It is exciting to have worked with the University to secure two strong local developers from the competition to deliver the market housing – they will set the benchmark for the quality of homes for the later phases of the scheme and underpin the ambitions of the University to create a long-lasting place.”

Bam Construction wins £80m Cambridge University deal

Bam Construction wins £80m Cambridge University dealThe University of Cambridge has awarded its largest value construction package for the first phase of the North West Cambridge Development to BAM Construction.

Worth approximately £80million, the BAM contract includes building significant areas of the new local centre, named Eddington, on the North West Cambridge Development.

Situated within the heart of the site, the works include 352 homes for University and College key workers built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5, as well as a supermarket and retail units, a doctors surgery, and the shell of the energy centre built to BREEAM Excellent standard.

Gavin Heaphy, Construction Director of the North West Cambridge Development said: “BAM’s considerable experience in the realisation of large and complex projects, coupled with their commitment to sustainable delivery made them the right choice to become our partner for two major Lots on the development.

This particular project holds many of the key “local centre” elements of Phase 1, delivering as it does: Supermarket, Energy Centre, Healthcare Facility and Key Worker Housing.  We are delighted to have this experienced team on board to realise the University’s aspirations and to build a key part of the next chapter of Cambridge.”

Stuart Robinson, Construction Director for BAM said: “It is a pleasure to work with the University of Cambridge on its impressive development within the City. Our work forms a major part of their scheme and will require expertise and considerate management skills.

We will draw on our strong track record in Cambridge, having delivered the complex Laboratory of Molecular Biology for the Medical Research Council, and a new University Technical College here.

Our knowledge of the local supply chain and the community allows us both to be an efficient contractor and a good partner. It’s an exciting project, and we’re keen to get started.”

BAM will build to the designs from Wilkinson Eyre, Mole Architects, Mecanoo and landscape architects, Townshend, and will work alongside the North West Cambridge Development consultants, Turner and Townsend Project Management and Gardiner and Theobald Cost Management. 

Works on the site wide infrastructure began in Winter 2013 and there will be phased completions for the North West Cambridge Development, with the local centre open from Spring 2017.

Skanska wins building job on £1bn Cambridge housing site

Skanska wins building job on £1bn Cambridge housing siteThe University of Cambridge has awarded Skanska a £1.5 million contract, to undertake enabling works for its development at North West Cambridge that will boost the trades and create new jobs.

Covering 150 hectares, the £1 billion North West Cambridge development will combine residential housing, academic and research facilities, a local centre and public amenities that will energise the local economy.

The Skanska contract involves earthworks, drainage, building roads and a temporary junction and installing a 4.5km security fence.

The development includes substantial investment in new publicly accessible parkland, sports pitches and open spaces.

Gavin Heaphy, construction director of the development said: “Skanska’s appointment as Principal Contractor of this £1.5 million contract marks an important milestone in the operational delivery phase of the North West Cambridge development.”

Skanska’s managing director, Deirdre Murphy, commented: “This is an exciting opportunity for Skanska and it’s great to be involved in the early stages of this huge development. I hope this leads to future projects for the rest of Skanska UK.”

The works will start immediately and should be complete at the end of January 2014.