University of Cambridge contracts Bouygues UK to build physics lab

17 October 2018 (Last Updated October 17th, 2018 12:24)

The University of Cambridge has awarded a £250m contract to Bouygues UK to construct the Cavendish III physics laboratory and a shared facilities hub.

The University of Cambridge has awarded a £250m contract to Bouygues UK to construct the Cavendish III physics laboratory and a shared facilities hub.

The contract was awarded by Lynxvale Limited, the university’s development unit.

Situated on the West Cambridge campus, Cavendish III will serve as a research laboratory for the Department of Physics.

This project has secured a funding of £75m from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Jacobs acted as technical architect for the cleanrooms and laboratories, with Jestico + Whiles serving as the architect and lead consultant for the buildings.

Bouygues UK worked alongside the university’s project manager Currie & Brown and cost consultant AECOM on the contract agreement.

The UK subsidiary will continue to work with NBBJ and BDP to finish the technical design details through to the project’s completion.

Ramboll is the civil and structural engineer, while Hoare Lea is the M&E engineer.

Bouygues Energies & Services will be responsible for the mechanical and electrical works.

“Cavendish Laboratory will serve as a home for physics research at Cambridge.”

The University of Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory head professor Andy Parker said: “This is an exciting step forward for the new Cavendish Laboratory, which will serve as a home for physics research at Cambridge, as well as a first-rate facility for the UK as a whole, much of the specialised research equipment in the new building will be made available to other institutions.

“This world-class facility will meet the educational needs of future generations of students much better than is possible at our existing site and its design also facilitates public events, enabling us to continue our extensive programme of work with schools and the wider public.”

Bouygues UK chair and Bouygues Construction UK country manager Fabienne Viala said: “We are particularly attracted to complex projects where we can use our technical expertise to add value while working with our group companies and other partners.

“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 around 354,000ft², Cavendish III will accommodate a range of laboratories, clean rooms, workshops, offices, and multiple lecture theatres.

The basement area will house specialist acoustic and vibration treatments for the stringent control criteria required for operating equipment sensitive to vibration.

Furthermore, the constructor will also be required to meet the challenging criteria regarding temperature and humidity control and EMI protection.