Cambridge University seeks contractors for £1bn residential scheme in UK

5 September 2013 (Last Updated September 5th, 2013 18:30)

The University of Cambridge in the UK is seeking main contractors for the first phase of its £1bn North West Cambridge mixed-use development scheme.

North West Cambridge scheme

The University of Cambridge in the UK is seeking main contractors for the first phase of its £1bn North West Cambridge mixed-use development scheme.

The first phase of the development, which is expected to cost £281m, will feature 530 homes for university staff, 450 homes for sale, 300 residences for students and a centre with community facilities.

Phase one, which will cover 63ha, also includes landscaped green space spanning more than a third of the overall site.

North West Cambridge development construction director Gavin Heaphy said, "The ambitions of the development present a great opportunity for main contractors to step forward and not only be a part of the university’s major development, but also to set new standards in mixed-use and residential building."

The 150ha site of university-owned farmland in the north-west of the city was granted outline planning permission to be developed as a mixed-use project in August 2012.

The project, masterplanned by the US-based Aecom, will be designed jointly by David Chipperfield, Alison Brooks, Witherford Watson Mann, Wilkinson Eyre, Mecanoo, Cottrell & Vermeulen, Muma, Mole, Sarah Wigglesworth, AOC and RH Partnership.

Building contracts are expected to begin on a phased basis from mid-2014, completing throughout 2016.

Archaeological and enabling works are already underway while infrastructure works are expected to start later in 2013.

After completion, the entire development, which is anticipated to be completed over the next ten years, will feature 2,000 student bedrooms and one million ft² of academic, research and commercial space.

The development will also feature 35ha of open space, sports pitches and children play spaces.


Image: The North West Cambridge development will be carried out on the 150ha site of university-owned farmland in the north-west of the city. Photo: Courtesy of the University of Cambridge.